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Piezoelectric Assisted Smart Satellite Structure

Objective

The main objective of the PEASSS project is to develop, manufacture, test and qualify “smart structures” which combine composite panels, piezoelectric materials, and next generation sensors, for autonomously improved pointing accuracy and power generation in space. The smart panels will enable fine angle control, and thermal and vibration compensation, improving all types of future Earth observations, such as environmental and planetary mapping, border and regional imaging. This new technology will help keep Europe on the cutting edge of space research, potentially improving the cost and development time for more accurate future sensor platforms including synthetic aperture optics, moving target detection and identification, and compact radars.
The system components include new nanosatellite electronics, a piezo power generation system, a piezo actuated smart structure, and a fiber-optic sensor and interrogator system. The designs will be prototyped into breadboard models for functional development and testing. Following completion of operational breadboards, components will evolve to flight-test ready hardware and related software, ready to be integrated into a working satellite. Once the nanosatellite is assembled, on ground tests will be performed. Finally, the satellite will be launched and tested in space.
Results of the program will be disseminated to industry through a project website, papers, courses, and presentations. Actuated “smart structure” technology will take the first steps toward space qualification in the PEASSS project, making it a proven viable technology, with a high TRL available to improve future European space missions. PEASSS technologies will give European space, aviation, and other industries a new tool in their design repertoire. The PEASSS consortium aligns established aerospace contributing organizations with SME’s and university researchers, including members from Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, as well as Israel.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 769 571
Administrative Contact
Ir Han Oosterling (Mr.)

Participants (5)

ISIS - INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SPACE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 343 900
Address
Motorenweg 23
2623 CR Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rotteveel Jeroen (Mr.)
NSL SATELLITES LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 225 950
Address
Akiva Street 11 Flat 17
43260 Raanana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Rockberger (Mr.)
AZIMUT SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 278 729
Address
Carl Scheele Strasse 14
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Nadalini (Mr.)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 226 350
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jack Lavan (Mr.)
SOCIETE NATIONALE DE CONSTRUCTION AEROSPATIALE SONACA SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 037
Address
Route Nationale Cinq Park Industriel
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emmanuelle Paquay (Mrs.)