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Miniaturized Flow Control Unit

Objective

"This proposal is related to FP7 space call 2011 - SPA.2011.2.2-02 (Space critical technologies). The purpose of the proposed work is the development of a miniaturized flow control unit (µFCU) for noble gases like xenon. The proposed technology is relevant to the call as it is listed in the Urgent Action List (ID 13). It is requested by space industry and agencies according ESTER database (e.g. ref. T-8117, T-8119). The new development shall reduce Europe's dependency from other space fairing nations by using only European components.

From a technical point of view, the proposal is also related to SPA.2011.2.2-01 (Space transportation technologies) as it enables electric micropropulsion systems for new mission classes.

The μFCU design is based on a component-of-the-shelf (COTS) approach. The core components and technologies have already been developed for ground applications. They have a high reliability background like medicine, chemical industry or even space. These components will be modified for space applications and for the changed operational and environmental parameter range.

This new development shall outperform existing technologies with respect to mass reduction, leak tightness, drift and long term stability. Furthermore, it shall reduce complexity, driver electronics requirements and AIT effort and therefore will reduce cost. Further cost reduction shall be achieved by modularity, use of COTS and integration of for flow lines controllers into one device.

The design of the µFCU is driven by costumer requirements. Key customer already agreed to join an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board shall support the project by defining reference missions and by reviewing the design.

The Consortium has a strong focus on SMEs with first experiences in space business. Some partners already have a strong and long term involvement in space component and subsystem development."

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Coordinator

AST ADVANCED SPACE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Address
Marie-curie Strasse 16-18
27711 Osterholz-scharmbeck
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 567 485,56
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Harmann (Dr.)

Participants (4)

INNOVATIVE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 124 406,45
Address
Industriestrasse 2
9630 Wattwil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Schönstein (Mr.)
STAIGER GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 342 160
Address
Johannes-biegstrasse 8
74391 Erligheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Staiger (Mr.)
RHP-TECHNOLOGY GMBH & CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 265 742
Address
Forschungs Und Technologiezentrum Gebaude Ca
2444 Seibersdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erich Neubauer (Dr.)
TransMIT Gesellschaft fuer Technologietransfer mbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 128 418
Address
Kerkrader Strasse 3
35394 Giessen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Haberland (Mr.)