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Revolutionary Design of Spacecraft through Holistic Integration of Future Technologies

Revolutionary Design of Spacecraft through Holistic Integration of Future Technologies

Objective

ReDSHIFT will address barriers to compliance for spacecraft manufacturers and operators presented now and in the future by requirements and technologies for de-orbiting and disposal of space objects. This will be achieved through a holistic approach that considers from the outset opposing and challenging constraints for the safety of the human population when these objects re-enter the atmosphere, designed for demise, and for their survivability in the harsh space environment while on orbit. Ensuring robustness into the future, ReDSHIFT will take advantage of disruptive opportunities offered by 3D printing to develop highly innovative, low-cost spacecraft solutions, exploiting synergies with electric propulsion, atmospheric and solar radiation pressure drag, and astro-dynamical highways, to meet de-orbit and disposal needs, but which are also designed for demise. Inherent to these solutions will be structures to enhance spacecraft protection, by fracture along intended breakup planes, and re-entry demise characteristics. These structures will be subjected to functional tests as well as specific hypervelocity impact tests and material demise wind tunnel tests to demonstrate the capabilities of the 3D printed structures. At the same time, novel and complex technical, economic and legal issues of adapting the technologies to different vehicles, and implementing them widely across low Earth orbit will be tackled through the development of a hierarchical, web-based tool aimed at a variety of space actors. This will provide a complete debris mitigation analysis of a mission, using existing debris evolution models and lessons learned from theoretical and experimental work. It will output safe, scalable and cost-effective satellite and mission designs in response to operational constraints. Through its activities, ReDSHIFT will recommend new space debris mitigation guidelines taking into account novel spacecraft designs, materials, manufacturing and mission solutions.

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 549 750

Participants (12)

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BELSTEAD RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 151 250

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 155 309

DEIMOS SPACE SOCIEDAD LIMITADA UNIPERSONAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 186 900

DEIMOS CASTILLA LA MANCHA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 458 000

LUXSPACE SARL

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 295 000

PHS SPACE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 198 372

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 318 006

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 133 750

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 177 500

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 93 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 248 250

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 264 457

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687500

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 230 295

  • EU contribution

    € 3 230 294

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy