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DISCOVERER – DISruptive teChnOlogies for VERy low Earth oRbit platforms

Objective

We envision a radical redesign of Earth observation platforms for sustained operation at significantly lower altitudes than the current state of the art, using a combination of new aerodynamic materials, aerodynamic control and air-breathing electric propulsion for drag-compensation, for a variety of observation methods with the aim of creating a new platform paradigm.
This vision requires foundational research in spacecraft aerodynamic characterization, in material aerodynamics and atomic oxygen resistance, in electric propulsion, and control methods. These activities are by their nature multidisciplinary covering atmospheric science, surface chemistry and material characterization, control engineering, spacecraft design, payload engineering, etc.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 969 813,50

Participants (8)

DEIMOS ENGINEERING AND SYSTEMS SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 342 000
Address
C Francia 9 Poligono Industrial La Nava Iii
13500 Puertollano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GOMSPACE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 620 000
Address
Langagervej 6
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 425 000
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 534 000
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE TECH TOYBOX, INC.

Participation ended

United States
EU contribution
€ 90 936,50
Address
2153 Se Hawthorne Rd. Ste 117
32641 Gainesville
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROCONSULT SA
France
EU contribution
€ 215 000
Address
86 Boulevard De Sebastopol
75003 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Concentris Research Management GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Ludwigstr. 4
D-82256 Fürstenfeldbruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)