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Piezoelectric Assisted Smart Satellite Structure

Piezoelectric Assisted Smart Satellite Structure

Objective

The main objective of the PEASSS project is to develop, manufacture, test and qualify “smart structures” which combine composite panels, piezoelectric materials, and next generation sensors, for autonomously improved pointing accuracy and power generation in space. The smart panels will enable fine angle control, and thermal and vibration compensation, improving all types of future Earth observations, such as environmental and planetary mapping, border and regional imaging. This new technology will help keep Europe on the cutting edge of space research, potentially improving the cost and development time for more accurate future sensor platforms including synthetic aperture optics, moving target detection and identification, and compact radars.
The system components include new nanosatellite electronics, a piezo power generation system, a piezo actuated smart structure, and a fiber-optic sensor and interrogator system. The designs will be prototyped into breadboard models for functional development and testing. Following completion of operational breadboards, components will evolve to flight-test ready hardware and related software, ready to be integrated into a working satellite. Once the nanosatellite is assembled, on ground tests will be performed. Finally, the satellite will be launched and tested in space.
Results of the program will be disseminated to industry through a project website, papers, courses, and presentations. Actuated “smart structure” technology will take the first steps toward space qualification in the PEASSS project, making it a proven viable technology, with a high TRL available to improve future European space missions. PEASSS technologies will give European space, aviation, and other industries a new tool in their design repertoire. The PEASSS consortium aligns established aerospace contributing organizations with SME’s and university researchers, including members from Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, as well as Israel.
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Address

Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 Da Den Haag

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 769 571

Administrative Contact

Ir Han Oosterling (Mr.)

Participants (5)

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ISIS - INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SPACE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 343 900

NSL SATELLITES LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 225 950

SONACA SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 278 729

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 226 350

SOCIETE NATIONALE DE CONSTRUCTION AEROSPATIALE SONACA SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 150 037

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312216

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 May 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 667 403,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 994 537

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

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