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Flight Qualification of Deployable Radiator using Two Phase Technology

Objective

The main objective of this project is to develop a Deployable Thermal Radiator (DPR) based on Loop Heat Pipes Qualification Model. This includes the design, manufacturing and flight qualification testing to achieve a Technological Readiness Level (TRL) 8.

The increasing demand of power rejection in current and future satellites requires the development of deployable radiator panels which can be stowed for launch and then deployed once the satellite is on its orbit. The development of such device implies several technical challenges: to transport efficiently the heat from the heat sources to the radiator, to increase the radiator area for rejecting higher powers but keeping a lightweight solution, and to accommodate a mechanism compliant with the functional requirements and the platform interfaces.

Moreover, the DPR will be developed to guarantee modularity and scalability to be used in applications other than telecom such as Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions, and in several platforms including full electric. The proposed design provides a solution flexible enough to adapt this technology to different heat transport systems such as Loop Heat Pipes and Mechanical Pumped Loops.

To reach this goal, two specifications at system level will be issued for telecommunications and LEO applications. Considering these requirements, a DPR based on Loop Heat Pipes will be developed including a deployment mechanism which can cope with the functional needs.

Several models will be manufactured. Two small scale models (one for telecom applications and the other one adapted to LEO specification) to demonstrate the fulfilment of the thermal performance and the scalability and adaptability of the design, and one DPR Qualification Model (QM). A complete flight qualification will be performed on this QM including mechanical and thermal testing at component and DPR levels.

Therefore, the proposed project allows increasing the TRL of DPR, providing to the users a product fully qualified.

Coordinator

IBERICA DEL ESPACIO SA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 202 703,75
Address
Calle Magallanes 3, 4
28015 Madrid
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 650 010,00
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse

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Region
Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 667 680,00
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 302 933,75
Address
Avenida Zugazarte 56
48930 Getxo

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.A.
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 509 875,00
Address
Parque Industrial De Taveiro Lote 12
3045 508 Coimbra

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Continente Centro (PT) Região de Coimbra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 200 971,00
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00