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MHD Enhanced Entry System for Space Transportation

Project description

A superconducting magnet could help shield the next generation of spacecraft

When spacecraft enter the atmosphere of another planet or re-enter the earth's atmosphere, they are travelling at tremendous speeds. This heats the air around the spacecraft to temperatures so high that chemical bonds of gases in the air are broken, producing plasma, a gas of electrically charged particles, that surrounds the spacecraft. Heat shields are thus critical to the protection of people and equipment. Conventional heat shields rely on ablation, or the heating of materials covering the aircraft which carry away heat with them as they come off. The idea of using superconducting magnets to alter the flow of the high-temperature ionised gas produced on re-entry has been around for a couple of decades but has so far remained the stuff of science fiction. The EU-funded MEESST project is on a mission to make it a reality, with active magnetic shielding for atmospheric entry supported by state-of-the-art simulations that open the door to terrestrial and other space applications as well.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 534 450

Participants (9)

ABSOLUT SYSTEM SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Rue Des Murailles 2
38170 Seyssinet Pariset
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 600 000
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THEVA DUNNSCHICHTTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 305 625
Address
Rote Kreuz Strasse 8
85737 Ismaning
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEDS SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 150 250
Address
Plan Cerisier
1921 Martigny Croix
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VON KARMAN INSTITUTE FOR FLUID DYNAMICS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 499 733,75
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
NEUTRONSTAR SYSTEMS UG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 282 140
Address
Moltkestr 127
50674 Cologne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 349 280
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 256 828,75
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 153 750
Address
2 Avenue De L'unviersite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments