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SMILE - SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe

Objective

Current launchers (ARIANE6 and VEGA C) will guarantee Europe’s independent access to space for the high-end satellite market. These launchers however are significantly less attractive for classes of smaller satellites.

The SMILE initiative therefore addresses reliable, affordable, quick and frequent access to space for the emerging market of small satellites up to 50 kg, fulfilling the needs from the European space RTD community and commercial initiatives to put satellites into preferred orbits within a preferred time window. Herewith a market niche is addressed, which is projected to grow significantly in the coming decades and presently lacks availability of a European launcher.

The project focuses on research and innovation to obtain European solutions enabling the development and realization of such a launcher system. Main objectives are to:
• develop a concept for an innovative, cost-effective European launcher system for small satellites (target price below 50.000 Euro/kg)
• design a Europe-based ground facility for these launcher systems
• increase the Technology Readiness Level of several critical technologies required for such a launcher including the development and demonstration of component prototypes
• create a roadmap defining the development plan for the launcher system from a technical operational and economical perspective

These objectives are achieved through combined research into a novel and innovative launcher system following a multidisciplinary concurrent engineering design and optimization approach. The overall design and development process encompasses technology and process advances aiming at cost reduction, such as series production, re-usability, and the applicability of European industrial grade components.

The consortium is composed of organizations in relevant fields from eight European countries, from well-established and experienced SMEs to young and innovative start-ups.

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2015
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Coordinator

STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS LUCHT - EN RUIMTEVAARTCENTRUM
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059 CM Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 650 000

Participants (12)

NAMMO RAUFOSS AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 572 061,25
Address
Enggata 37
2830 Raufoss
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 670 000
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
TERMA AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Hovmarken 4
8520 Lystrup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANDOYA SPACE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Bleiksv 46
8480 Andenes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
"INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE AEROSPATIALA ""ELIE CARAFOLI""- INCAS BUCURESTI"
Romania
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Sector 6, B-dul Iuliu Maniu Nr. 220
061126 Bucuresti
Activity type
Research Organisations
AIRBORNE COMPOSITES AUTOMATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 384 945
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 70
2497 GB S Gravenhage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HERON ENGINEERING MECHANICAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 208 921,25
Address
Messinias 34
14564 Kifissia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ISIS - INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SPACE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 132 000
Address
Motorenweg 23
2623 CR Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LAYERWISE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 148 747,50
Address
Grauwmeer 14
3001 Leuven Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PAYLOAD AEROSPACE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 285 000
Address
Calle Nicolas Bussi 40, Esq Nicolas Copernico 7, Parc A1, Manz 49-Parque Empresarial
03203 Elche Alicante
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 159 250
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
BOES VAN DRIEL HENDRIK
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Boterdiepstraat 30-2
1079 SX Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)