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Aerogel European Supplying Unit for Space Applications

Objective

The main purpose of this project is to create an European Supplying Unit for one of the Critical Space Technologies for Europoean Strategic Non-Dependence, the advanced thermal control materials. Currently, the thermal protection of the hardware of spacecrafts is assured by underlying advanced thermal control materials, typically Multi Layer Insulations (MLI). One of the basic materials for MLI, the Kapton, is used in several thermal control applications and easily falls under access restrictions. In this project it is intended to develope the manufacturing technology for the material that is considered to be the next generation of thermal insulation in space, the aerogel. Aerogels are the materials with the greater potential to substitute MLI in thermal insulation of spacecrafts, due to its very low density, its veryt high thermal insulation efficiencies, the providing of the thermal insulation as single material that can be industrially producible and the tailorability for different applications. The combination of the know-how of the entities involved in the proposal, which cover the research and development of aerogels at a laboratory scale, the design and construction of semi-industrial equipments for aerogels manufacture, and the design, integration and qualification of thermal insulation materials inspace applications, will create tremendous synergies to put Europe in a front position as a supplier of the material that is likely to be the future of the thermal insulation in space. The collaborative efforts of the partners, which have already been working in the development of these systems in the last few years, is expected to allow establishing in Europe on a shor-term the required technical capabilities to supply aerogels for space applications, such as (re)-entry vehicles, Mars rovers, cryogenic propulsion tanks, or pressurised compartments.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVACAO CONSULTADORIA EMPRESARIAL E FOMENTO DA INOVACAO SA
Address
Av Marechal Gomes Da Costa 1376 Porto Concelho Foz Do Douro
4150 356 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 269 794,50
Administrative Contact
Augusto Eduardo Guimaraes De Medina (Prof.)

Participants (8)

AZIMUT SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 164 475
Address
Carl Scheele Strasse 14
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Nadalini (Mr.)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 66 387
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrico Gaia (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 145 780,21
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luisa Duraes (Prof.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 226 526
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Florence Thepenier (Ms.)
Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 330 095,25
Address
Parque Industrial De Taveiro Lote 12
3045 508 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dina Gaspar (Mr.)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 138 076,50
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joanne Metcalf (Ms.)
SEPAREX SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 393 363,60
Address
Rue Jacques Monod 5
54250 Champigneulles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Perrut (Dr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 217 592
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julia Becker (Mrs.)