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Revolutionary Design of Spacecraft through Holistic Integration of Future Technologies

Objective

ReDSHIFT will address barriers to compliance for spacecraft manufacturers and operators presented now and in the future by requirements and technologies for de-orbiting and disposal of space objects. This will be achieved through a holistic approach that considers from the outset opposing and challenging constraints for the safety of the human population when these objects re-enter the atmosphere, designed for demise, and for their survivability in the harsh space environment while on orbit. Ensuring robustness into the future, ReDSHIFT will take advantage of disruptive opportunities offered by 3D printing to develop highly innovative, low-cost spacecraft solutions, exploiting synergies with electric propulsion, atmospheric and solar radiation pressure drag, and astro-dynamical highways, to meet de-orbit and disposal needs, but which are also designed for demise. Inherent to these solutions will be structures to enhance spacecraft protection, by fracture along intended breakup planes, and re-entry demise characteristics. These structures will be subjected to functional tests as well as specific hypervelocity impact tests and material demise wind tunnel tests to demonstrate the capabilities of the 3D printed structures. At the same time, novel and complex technical, economic and legal issues of adapting the technologies to different vehicles, and implementing them widely across low Earth orbit will be tackled through the development of a hierarchical, web-based tool aimed at a variety of space actors. This will provide a complete debris mitigation analysis of a mission, using existing debris evolution models and lessons learned from theoretical and experimental work. It will output safe, scalable and cost-effective satellite and mission designs in response to operational constraints. Through its activities, ReDSHIFT will recommend new space debris mitigation guidelines taking into account novel spacecraft designs, materials, manufacturing and mission solutions.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-PROTEC-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 549 750

Participants (12)

BELSTEAD RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 151 250
Address
387 Sandyhurst Lane
TN25 4PF Ashford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 155 309
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 186 900
Address
Ronda De Poniente, Edificio Fiteni Vi, 2, 2º 19
28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEIMOS ENGINEERING AND SYSTEMS SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 458 000
Address
C Francia 9 Poligono Industrial La Nava Iii
13500 Puertollano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUXSPACE SARL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 295 000
Address
Rue Pierre Werner 9
6832 Betzdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PHS SPACE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 198 372
Address
Harvest House 2 Cranborne Road Industrial Estate
EN6 3JF Potters Bar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 318 006
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 133 750
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 177 500
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 93 750
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 250
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 264 457
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments