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DISCOVERER – DISruptive teChnOlogies for VERy low Earth oRbit platforms

DISCOVERER – DISruptive teChnOlogies for VERy low Earth oRbit platforms

Objective

We envision a radical redesign of Earth observation platforms for sustained operation at significantly lower altitudes than the current state of the art, using a combination of new aerodynamic materials, aerodynamic control and air-breathing electric propulsion for drag-compensation, for a variety of observation methods with the aim of creating a new platform paradigm.
This vision requires foundational research in spacecraft aerodynamic characterization, in material aerodynamics and atomic oxygen resistance, in electric propulsion, and control methods. These activities are by their nature multidisciplinary covering atmospheric science, surface chemistry and material characterization, control engineering, spacecraft design, payload engineering, etc.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Address

Oxford Road
M13 9pl Manchester

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 969 813,50

Participants (8)

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DEIMOS CASTILLA LA MANCHA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 342 000

GOMSPACE APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 620 000

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 425 000

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 000

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 534 000

THE TECH TOYBOX, INC.

United States

EU Contribution

€ 90 936,50

EUROCONSULT SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 215 000

Concentris Research Management GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 737183

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 726 750

  • EU contribution

    € 5 726 750

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom