Design of Space Hardware using a CDF like methodology (AMCDF)
Manufacturing of high-end spacecraft components is a complex process that demands cooperation across many fields of expertise. Several aspects, such as the general functions of the component, material properties, manufacturing equipment, compatibility along the process chain, dimensional verification methods, as well as assembly integration and testing are necessary to develop, design, and actually produce the component. In the AMCDF project, the consortium utilizes its experience in concurrent design on the satellite system level to develop and implement a methodology to design satellite and space probe components by advanced manufacturing processes.
Program: Technology Development Element (TDE)
The TDE is an ESA technology programme supporting all of ESA’s fields of activity across the entire spectrum of technical disciplines and providing a technological nucleus for most future developments. By testing the feasibility of prospective technologies, the TDE gives Europe an ability to look ahead and to plan and define future space missions and activities. Even as long-term planning is inherently risky when it comes to space, the TDE reduces the degree of that risk by demonstrating the workability of a given technology long before a mission is based around it.
Earth-Moon Cargo Service (EMCS)
The aim of the study is to identify key technologies for an expandable Earth–Moon Cargo Service (EMCS) with the final goal of bringing payloads into cislunar orbit. This pre-development allows for raising the maturity level of key technologies in the areas of propulsion, structures, and avionics. The Earth–Moon cargo system will be a service based so far as possible upon the use of Ariane 64 and its evolutions for long-haul missions. It will be complemented by a transitional stage, the characteristics of which are still to be defined.
Program: European Exploration Envelope Program (E3P)
The goals of the European Exploration Envelope Programme are to secure Europe’s central role in global space exploration, deliver new results in both basic and applied science, and offer a compelling vision of global endeavour that enriches society and inspires coming generations.
Lightweight Deployable Radiators (LiDeR)
A limiting factor for the amount of payload that can be carried on a telecommunication satellite is the size of its radiators. These radiate away to outer space the heat generated by the payload equipment and must be large enough to accomplish this. The LiDeR project focuses on the development of a lightweight deployable radiator that will increase the effective size of the radiation area.
Program: ARTES AT
ARTES Advanced Technology (ARTES AT) is the ESA’s main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications covering long-term R&D activities. ARTES AT supports the early stages of systems development and exploitation of new and promising technologies for satellite communications.