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Electrodynamic Tether Technology for Passive Consumable-less Deorbit Kit

Project description

A propellant-less device for deorbiting satellites and mitigating the space debris problem

Current in-space propulsion technologies work under the law of action-reaction. Consequently, the propellant determines the satellite payload mass and mission lifetime. The EU-funded E.T.PACK envisages a new era in which satellites could deorbit without using on-board power and fuel. The project will develop a propellant-free device based on a low work-function tether that operates under different principles. Instead of carrying propellant, it produces a drag force by taking advantage of the natural space environment, which includes the geomagnetic field, the ambient plasma and the solar radiation. The device can prevent proliferation of space debris, one of the most important challenges the aerospace industry.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Address
Calle Madrid 126
28903 Getafe (Madrid)
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 468 587,50

Participants (6)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 638 975
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 401 125
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 699 275
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenida Zugazarte 56
48930 Getxo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADVANCED THERMAL DEVICES S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 377,50
Address
C/ Villaconejos 4 Algette
28925 Alcorcon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SENER AEROESPACIAL SOCIEDAD ANONIMA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 643 659,87
Address
Avda Zugazarte 56
48930 Las Arenas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)