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Hybrid Propulsion Module for transfer to GEO orbit

Objective

Independent access to space is a key component of the European Space Policy. The competition is increasing in this area both for the full launching systems and the key subsystems. Cost-effectiveness becomes the main driving factor.
HYPROGEO ambition is to study a propulsion module based on Hybrid chemical propulsion. Hybrid propulsion is not a new technology but its application to a transfer module or to a re-ignitable upper stage is very innovative. It is an interesting alternative for the GEO transfer, between the chemical propulsion (bi-liquid) and the new trend of Electrical Propulsion (EP). There are very good synergies and complementarities with the other propulsion activities.
The proof of concept (specific impulse, thrust) has been demonstrated. The main technical challenge is the long duration firings. The future development of an operational system, already identified in the current roadmaps, requires advanced R&D work on 4 critical technologies:
- Combustion chamber.
- High endurance nozzle.
- Catalytic injector.
- Production, storage and use of high concentration hydrogen peroxide.

These R&D activities structure 4 main work packages. A system study ensures the global vision in coherence with an economic analysis, the identification of technical challenges and the consolidation of scientific results. A last work package performs the dissemination of results.
An innovative aspect is the fact that the R&D activities are directly driven by the ecvolution of market needs and system requirements.
Main expected benefits are:
- Green and simpler design (compared to bi-liquid).
- Shorter transfer time and reduced cost of operations (compared to EP)

A TRL 3-4 level is expected at the end of the project.
The impact of the project is secured by the composition of the consortium led by Astrium with the main European actors of the hybrid: it contributes to the consolidation of the European industrial supply chain for Hybrid propulsion.
Project duration is 36 months.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
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31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
France
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€ 740 277,51

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OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
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€ 512 693,75
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Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
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Research Organisations
NAMMO RAUFOSS AS
Norway
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€ 301 303
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Enggata 37
2830 Raufoss
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPACETEC PARTNERS SRL
Belgium
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€ 200 000
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Avenue Louise 66
1050 Bruxelles
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
Germany
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€ 23 745,33
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Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DELTACAT Limited
United Kingdom
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€ 186 291,25
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Ryde Place 4
PO13 9AU Lee-on-solent, Hampshire
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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
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€ 199 027,50
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Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
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€ 80 000
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Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
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€ 77 943,91
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Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 108 250
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Gunnels Wood Road
SG1 2AS Stevenage
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SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ-INSTYTUTLOTNICTWA
Poland
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€ 113 625
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Ul. Al Krakowska 110/114
02 256 Warszawa
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NAMMO WESTCOTT LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 121 215
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Westcott Venture Park Building 47
HP18 0NZ Aylesbury
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UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
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€ 50 405
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Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
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EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
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Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
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ARIANEGROUP SAS
France
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€ 30 800
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Tour Cristal - 7-11 Quai Andre Citroen
75015 Paris
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ARIANEGROUP GMBH
Germany
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Robert-koch-str. 1
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