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Reducing the Vulnerability of Space Systems

Reducing the Vulnerability of Space Systems

Objective

It is accepted that space debris will increase in the next
decades despite any considerable effort made to limit their generation.
Debris of more than 10cm can be avoided by the satellites and also the
very small particles of less than 0.1cm are taken into account in the
current designs. The debris from 0.1 to 10cm is however not predictable,
not taken into account today and could severely damage a spacecraft. The
probability of damage by such particles could reach an unacceptable level
thus creating a new paradigm for LEO satellites. A better protection of
space systems against damage caused by debris collision is the aim of the
ReVuS study, articulated around 4 lines: - To restore the existing models
and works for the prediction and the knowledge of damage assessment (LDEF,
SS, Colombus…). - To assess the solutions  At system level, with
distributed/fractionated architectures, or by using active detection and
mitigation strategies. On the satellite exterior, by defining and testing
new shielding materials derived from ground markets In the satellite
interior , by editing new rules of harness routing & equipment
configuration - Resilience analysis, evaluating the proposed solutions
& generating recommendations/design rules. Assess possible
standardisation. - To dispatch the results to the space community. METOP
and a Radar satellite will be used as a guiding principle for all the
analysis The consortium led by Astrium Satellites gathers all expertise
required. The Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI Fraunhoffer), the universities of
Surrey, Southampton & Braunschweig will provide the background
knowledge and models. The shielding materials will be defined by TenCate
Advanced Composites, and tested in the EMI facilities. The users will
participate in the analysis. HisCox will represent the insurer of the
satellite. The dissemination of the results will be ensured by Astri
Polska Sp.z o.o
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Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

Address

31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 595 380,50

Administrative Contact

Patrick Talavera (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 371 004

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 46 803

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 69 229,50

AIRBUS DS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 276 582

PHS SPACE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 167 172

TenCate Advanced Composites BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 206 490

HISCOX ASSURANCES SERVICES

France

EU Contribution

€ 43 125

ASTRI POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 80 300

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 115 185,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262156

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 191 059

  • EU contribution

    € 1 971 271,75

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

France

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