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Demonstrators for Conversion, Reactor, Radiator And Thrusters for Electric Propulsion Systems

Objective

The objective of this proposal is to investigate the necessary demonstration activities in order to mature technologies for nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) systems that is considered one of the key enabler to allow deep exploration and science missions both manned and unmanned. The DEMOCRITOS projects aims to define three Demonstrator Concepts in regards to NEP technologies:

1. Detailed preliminary designs of ground experiments that will allow maturing the necessary technologies in the field of MW level nuclear electric propulsion. The project will investigate the interaction of the major subsystems (thermal, power management, propulsion, structures and conversion) with each other and a (simulated) nuclear core providing high power, in the order of several hundred kilowatts.
2. Nuclear reactor cost studies and simulations to provide feedback to the simulated nuclear core of DEMOCRITOS ground experiments as well as conceptualize the concept of nuclear space reactor and outline the specifications for a Core Demonstrator, including an analysis of the regulatory and safety framework that will be necessary for such a demonstration to take place on the ground.

3. System architecture and robotic studies that will investigate in detail the overall design of a high power nuclear spacecraft, together with a pragmatic strategy for assembly in orbit of such a large structure coupled with a nuclear reactor.

Additionally, the project partners will define a programmatic plan, insuring that the demonstrators can be built, tested, and reach the established ambitious objectives, this with a clear organization between international partners and with costs shared in a sustainable way.

DEMOCRITOS aims to form a cluster around NEP related technologies by organizing an international workshop and invite external stakeholders to propose ideas for the ground and flight demonstrators or possibly join in the effort to realize the ground demonstrator experiments.

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Coordinator

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE
Address
Quai Lezay Marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg Cedex
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 133 480

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 96 250
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 170 750
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 157 136
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
State Scientific Centre of Russian Federation-Federal State Unitary Enterprise Keldysh Research Center
Russia
EU contribution
€ 140 087,50
Address
Onezhskaya Ulica 8
125438 Moskva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 41 250
Address
Bvd Du General Martial Valin 2
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 111 610
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARIANEGROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 149 406,25
Address
51-61 Route De Verneuil
78130 Les Mureaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)