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SMILE - SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe

SMILE - SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe

Objective

Current launchers (ARIANE6 and VEGA C) will guarantee Europe’s independent access to space for the high-end satellite market. These launchers however are significantly less attractive for classes of smaller satellites.

The SMILE initiative therefore addresses reliable, affordable, quick and frequent access to space for the emerging market of small satellites up to 50 kg, fulfilling the needs from the European space RTD community and commercial initiatives to put satellites into preferred orbits within a preferred time window. Herewith a market niche is addressed, which is projected to grow significantly in the coming decades and presently lacks availability of a European launcher.

The project focuses on research and innovation to obtain European solutions enabling the development and realization of such a launcher system. Main objectives are to:
• develop a concept for an innovative, cost-effective European launcher system for small satellites (target price below 50.000 Euro/kg)
• design a Europe-based ground facility for these launcher systems
• increase the Technology Readiness Level of several critical technologies required for such a launcher including the development and demonstration of component prototypes
• create a roadmap defining the development plan for the launcher system from a technical operational and economical perspective

These objectives are achieved through combined research into a novel and innovative launcher system following a multidisciplinary concurrent engineering design and optimization approach. The overall design and development process encompasses technology and process advances aiming at cost reduction, such as series production, re-usability, and the applicability of European industrial grade components.

The consortium is composed of organizations in relevant fields from eight European countries, from well-established and experienced SMEs to young and innovative start-ups.

Coordinator

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Address

Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059cm Amsterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 695 000

Participants (14)

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NAMMO RAUFOSS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 542 061,25

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 640 000

TERMA A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

ANDOYA SPACE CENTER AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

"INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE AEROSPATIALA ""ELIE CARAFOLI""- INCAS BUCURESTI"

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARI AEROSPATIALE ELIE CARAFOLI - I.N.C.A.S. SA

Romania

AIRBORNE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 384 945

HERON ENGINEERING MECHANICAL STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 208 921,25

ISIS - INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SPACE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 132 000

LAYERWISE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 148 747,50

PAYLOAD AEROSPACE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 285 000

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 159 250

BOES VAN DRIEL HENDRIK

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

WEPA-TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687242

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 058 642,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 990 925

Coordinated by:

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands