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Megawatt Highly Efficient Technologies for Space Power and Propulsion Systems for Long-duration Exploration Missions

Objective

"Space exploration is one of Europe’s priorities. Nuclear propulsion and power sources are “…essential and enabling key assets for a significant number of exploration missions…” (2005 European WG report on Nuclear Power Sources for Space) and can thus be considered as key technologies for deep-space exploration in Europe, Russia, and the USA. On the other hand, this technological development requires important financial efforts. Such a development should thus take place in the frame of an international collaboration as this has been the case, e.g. for the International Space Station. Among concepts that allow going to Mars are the very high power chemical propulsion or the nuclear propulsion. Megawatt level Nuclear-Electrical Propulsion is more interesting than chemical propulsion (higher payload ratio, cheaper in the long term, reduced launch mass and number of launchers, faster transit). Robotic science missions to the outer solar system could be used as test-beds and would benefit from this technology (faster missions or heavier payload), as well as surface power sources for In-Situ Resource Utilization and life support. The aim is to develop a European roadmap enabling such a program, taking advantage of each international partner's specific skills. The role of every partner will be based on its technical and economical capabilities, ambitions, interests and national policy. The objective is to set up an international network and adequate coordination means with future potential partners, leading to the establishment of a common roadmap involving all identified stakeholders, that will be driven by technological choices to suit long term objectives for space exploration. It will define common research objectives, draw-up research agenda and initiate research alliances. This project will help Europe invest in the research areas for which funding support will be particularly effective to ensure a key role for Europe in space exploration."

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE
Address
Quai Lezay Marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg Cedex
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 117 209,61
Administrative Contact
David Weber (Mr.)

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 67 303
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Bernhard (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 79 488,16
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ines Sander (Mrs.)
State Scientific Centre of Russian Federation-Federal State Unitary Enterprise Keldysh Research Center
Russia
EU contribution
€ 81 320
Address
Onezhskaya Ulica 8
125438 Moskva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Semenkin (Dr.)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 62 764,06
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrico Gaia (Mr.)
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 87 298
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ozma Taylor (Dr.)