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EFESTO-2 - European Flexible hEat Shields: advanced TPS design and tests for future in-Orbit demonstration - 2

24 mesi (2024)
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Tipo di progetto:
Ricerca UE - HE - Global Challenges - Digital, Industry and Space
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EFESTO-2 is the natural follow-on of the project EFESTO (H2020 grant 821801) and it aims at increasing the European know-how and technology capabilities in the field of Inflatable Heat Shields (IHS). It will lean on the great achievements obtained in the frame of the father project EFESTO by implementing the needed forward advance to improve the current TRL for future re-entry missions. The project pillars will be: -to consolidate the use-case applicability through a deep business case analysis for a meaningful space application -to extend the investigation spectrum of the father project “EFESTO” to other critical aspects of the IHS field -to increase the confidence-level and robustness of tools/models and know-how developed in the frame of the father project “EFESTO” -to ensure continuity in presiding the IHS field in Europe among the scientific and industrial community The inflatable heat shields can be considered as a fundamental mean to both decelerate and protect the space system during reentry, thus providing key contribution to the functions of re-entry and descent, therefore EFESTO-2 will satisfactorily fulfil the objectives of the HE call “HORIZON-CL4-2021-SPACE-01-23” contributing to the part of the scope strictly related with entry/descent systems and solutions. In particular EFESTO-2 will contribute to: -expansion of commercial space transportation offer and services because maturation of Inflatable Heat Shields will allow their applicability to recovery and reuse of launcher’s stages -execution of design and performance studies as well as business cases analysis with ad-hoc work packages -maturation of relevant technologies up to TRL 5-6 through a ground test campaign -matching the EU Green Deal objective because maturation of Inflatable Heat Shields technology can replace propulsion devices in end-of-life disposal/de-orbiting of space systems, hence reducing environmental impact of space debris as well as of chemical propulsion.

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Parole chiave

Settori ERC

PE8_1 - Aerospace engineering

Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile (Sustainable Development Goals)

Obiettivo 13. Promuovere azioni, a tutti i livelli, per combattere il cambiamento climatico*


Costo totale progetto: € 1.499.709,00
Contributo totale progetto: € 1.499.709,00
Costo totale PoliTo: € 77.000,00
Contributo PoliTo: € 77.000,00

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