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Modular Power BUS for space vehicles

Objective

The rapid growth of the private satellite launchers sector is leading the space race. With the privatization of the sector all of the companies are racing for a more efficient and reliant way to set satellites in orbit. In space terms, efficient usually means weight saving which is the main objective that this project addresses.

Weight saving will not only mean reducing the cost per Kilogram on each launch, but it will open a whole new range of possible missions with current or future, next generation launch vehicles.

Having detected the current needs for power management in the Launcher vehicle industry, the MPBUS project is proposed as a technology to revolutionize power management in current and future Launcher Vehicles.

The MPBUS Project is committed to develop a new power bus architecture combining ejectable batteries with the main bus through intelligent nodes. These nodes are able to communicate between them and a battery controller using an improved, data over DC line technology, expected to reduce the total weight in 2 main areas: improving the use of the batteries and reducing the total weight due to harness.

The consortium is formed by two Spain SMEs, one Israel SME, and one Belgium Research Center, all of the participants have previous experience in participation in RTD European projects.
Different stakeholders are involved representing various space or high-tech related sectors: aerospace electronic control system developer (NASP), engineering (JMP Ingenieros), hardware space qualification (ULG_CSL), multiplex communication networks (YAMAR).
Taking into consideration the industrial dimension of the MPBUS project, specific taks will be developed for results exploitation taking into consideration the specific impact for each participant enlisted in exploitation section.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

JMP INGENIEROS SL
Address
Camino San Miguel S/n
26371 Sotes
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 474 279,75
Administrative Contact
Eduardo Remirez (Mr)

Participants (3)

NAJERA AEROSPACE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 279 199,60
Address
Camino San Miguel S/n
26371 Sotes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Regina Laorden (Ms)
YAMAR ELECTRONICS LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 479 678
Address
Shimon Haratsi 17
62492 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yair Maryanka (Mr)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 380 509,60
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joseph Bernier (Mr)