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Flight Qualification of Deployable Radiator using Two Phase Technology

Objective

The main objective of this project is to develop a Deployable Thermal Radiator (DPR) based on Loop Heat Pipes Qualification Model. This includes the design, manufacturing and flight qualification testing to achieve a Technological Readiness Level (TRL) 8.

The increasing demand of power rejection in current and future satellites requires the development of deployable radiator panels which can be stowed for launch and then deployed once the satellite is on its orbit. The development of such device implies several technical challenges: to transport efficiently the heat from the heat sources to the radiator, to increase the radiator area for rejecting higher powers but keeping a lightweight solution, and to accommodate a mechanism compliant with the functional requirements and the platform interfaces.

Moreover, the DPR will be developed to guarantee modularity and scalability to be used in applications other than telecom such as Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions, and in several platforms including full electric. The proposed design provides a solution flexible enough to adapt this technology to different heat transport systems such as Loop Heat Pipes and Mechanical Pumped Loops.

To reach this goal, two specifications at system level will be issued for telecommunications and LEO applications. Considering these requirements, a DPR based on Loop Heat Pipes will be developed including a deployment mechanism which can cope with the functional needs.

Several models will be manufactured. Two small scale models (one for telecom applications and the other one adapted to LEO specification) to demonstrate the fulfilment of the thermal performance and the scalability and adaptability of the design, and one DPR Qualification Model (QM). A complete flight qualification will be performed on this QM including mechanical and thermal testing at component and DPR levels.

Therefore, the proposed project allows increasing the TRL of DPR, providing to the users a product fully qualified.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

IBERICA DEL ESPACIO SA
Address
Calle Magallanes 3, 4
28015 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 202 703,75

Participants (5)

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 650 010
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 667 680
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 302 933,75
Address
Avenida Zugazarte 56
48930 Getxo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 509 875
Address
Parque Industrial De Taveiro Lote 12
3045 508 Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 200 971
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations