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"We're proud to announce that the project EFESTO (European Flexible hEat Shields: advanced TPS design and tests for future in-Orbit demonstration) has been kicked-off on 27th of March 2019!

The EFESTO project team, coordinated by DEIMOS Space, involves CIRA, DLR, ONERA, AVIOSPACE and POLITO.

The EFESTO end goal is to improve the TRL of Inflatable Heat Shields for re-entry vehicles from 3 to 4/5, and pave the way towards further improvements (TRL 6 with a future In-Orbit Demonstrator).
EFESTO aims at (1) the definition of critical space mission scenarios (Earth and Mars applications) enabled by the use of advanced inflatable Thermal Protection Systems (TPS), (2) characterization of the operative environment and (3) validation by tests of both the flexible materials needed for the thermal protection (flexible thermal blanket will be tested in arcjet facility in both Earth and Martian environments) and the inflatable structure at 1:1 scale (exploring the morphing dynamics and materials response from packed to fully inflated configuration). These results will be injected into the consolidated design of a future In-Orbit Demonstrator mission.
Fully in line with the H2020 call SPACE-11-TEC-2018, EFESTO will provide advances in the three areas of thermal control, materials and structures through the design and testing of innovative inflatable TPS solutions for re-entry vehicles. It will enable new space mission concepts, which require bringing a payload from space to ground of a planetary body with an atmosphere beyond the current limits imposed by launcher fairing size or rigid heat shields geometrical and structural aspects. Morphing solutions will allow for example landing bigger or heavier payload on Mars or will enable the reusability of launchers upper stages enhancing European reusability and cost reductions in the access to space industry. Non space applications in the areas of materials and structures will also be considered.
Leveraging on the consortium background and on past, current and planned tests results in the field, competitiveness in the space sector will be fostered and key contributions to the long term European re-entry technology roadmap will be provided.

More information will be available over the next weeks.
 
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821801."

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EFESTO: BEYOND THE CURRENT SPACE MISSIONS LIMITS THROUGH THE INFLATABLE HEAT SHIELDS

The EFESTO H2020 Project have yet completed Milestone 2 defining Earth and Mars scenarios.

 To enable more cost-effective space mission with higher performances, advancement in technologies is needed. Moreover, in the increasing competitiveness of the space sector, European leadership needs to be maintained and enhanced. The current space missions are limited by the launcher fairing size or the rigid heat shields geometrical and structural aspects.

Morphing solutions, such as the inflatable technologies, will allow landing bigger or heavier payload on Mars or will enable the reusability of launchers’ upper stages enhancing European efficiency and cost reductions in the access-to-space industry.

The EFESTO project, coordinated by DEIMOS Space, aims at designing and developing advanced thermal protection systems based on inflatable structures. This technology will open mission scenarios precluded so far by technological limitations. In the space exploration field, the focus is on critical technologies for future larger scale robotic or human Mars exploration, and access to space in which the possibility of recovering and reusing launchers' stages could drastically reduce the costs for access to space.

The team is composed by European experts from DEIMOS Space, DLR, ONERA, CIRA, Aviospace and POLITO and completed a Concurrent Engineering (CE) design session at DLR (German Aerospace Centre) Concurrent Engineering Facility in Bremen, within the goals of the second milestone, including concept definitions of future applications of inflatable heatshields.

Two mission applications have been covered: Mars atmospheric entry with landing a large payload at high altitudes (MOLA +2 km, not sustainable by current rigid heatshield technologies) and the re-entry in Earth atmosphere of the upper stage of a currently available expendable launch vehicle.

The EFESTO H2020 project end goal is to improve the TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of inflatable heat shields for re-entry vehicles through tests in laboratory and arcjet facility, with additional advancement for the thermal blanket (multi-layer flexible TPS) and the inflating structure that will be tested at 1:1 scale. Moreover, the project will pave the way toward reaching higher TLR thanks to the design and verification of an IOD mission (TRL 6).

The next steps include the design assessment and the test preparation of disruptive materials and inflatable structures.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821801.

More information and updates at http://www.efesto-project.eu.

 


 


EFESTO

"We're proud to announce that the project EFESTO (European Flexible hEat Shields: advanced TPS design and tests for future in-Orbit demonstration) has been kicked-off on 27th of March 2019!

The EFESTO project team, coordinated by DEIMOS Space, involves CIRA, DLR, ONERA, AVIOSPACE and POLITO.

The EFESTO end goal is to improve the TRL of Inflatable Heat Shields for re-entry vehicles from 3 to 4/5, and pave the way towards further improvements (TRL 6 with a future In-Orbit Demonstrator).
EFESTO aims at (1) the definition of critical space mission scenarios (Earth and Mars applications) enabled by the use of advanced inflatable Thermal Protection Systems (TPS), (2) characterization of the operative environment and (3) validation by tests of both the flexible materials needed for the thermal protection (flexible thermal blanket will be tested in arcjet facility in both Earth and Martian environments) and the inflatable structure at 1:1 scale (exploring the morphing dynamics and materials response from packed to fully inflated configuration). These results will be injected into the consolidated design of a future In-Orbit Demonstrator mission.
Fully in line with the H2020 call SPACE-11-TEC-2018, EFESTO will provide advances in the three areas of thermal control, materials and structures through the design and testing of innovative inflatable TPS solutions for re-entry vehicles. It will enable new space mission concepts, which require bringing a payload from space to ground of a planetary body with an atmosphere beyond the current limits imposed by launcher fairing size or rigid heat shields geometrical and structural aspects. Morphing solutions will allow for example landing bigger or heavier payload on Mars or will enable the reusability of launchers upper stages enhancing European reusability and cost reductions in the access to space industry. Non space applications in the areas of materials and structures will also be considered.
Leveraging on the consortium background and on past, current and planned tests results in the field, competitiveness in the space sector will be fostered and key contributions to the long term European re-entry technology roadmap will be provided.

More information will be available over the next weeks.
 
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821801."

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Verde-Piezo Project page

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23rd Conference of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIDAA 2015)

Aviospace is Partner of the 23rd Conference of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIDAA 2015), in Turin (Italy), 17-19 November 2015.  

PULSAR, Art and Music from Space

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Aviospace in the sponsorship of Contemporary Art event at Planetario di Torino e Museo dell’Astronomia e dello Spazio: