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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 18 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA's job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group and Tier-1 supplier of systems and equipment for aerospace, defense and security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has more than 54,000 employees and generates sales of 10.8 billion Euros in 2010. Through its global presence Safran not only enhances its competitiveness, but also builds industrial and commercial relations with the world’s leading prime contractors and operators, while providing fast local service to customers around the world. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets.
CNES is a pivotal player in Europe's space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe's competitive edge.
It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes-the key to any far-reaching space policy.
Through its ability to innovate and its forward-looking vision, CNES is helping to foster new technologies that will benefit society as a whole, focusing on:
- access to space
- civil applications of space
- sustainable development
- science and technology research
- security and defence
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is responsible for the United States’ civilian space program and that nation’s aeronautics and aerospace research. It serves to drive advances in science and technology, and to enable exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of the Earth. NASA conducts a number of programs and projects with international partners, private industry, academia and other government agencies. These range from human spaceflight endeavors, such as the International Space Station, to space science missions, such as Cassini, Dawn and the Hubble Space Telescope. For the future, NASA will continue to: extend human activities across the solar system; expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe; and develop innovative new space and aeronautics technologies.
For over 60 years, Moog Inc. has provided fluid and motion control systems and components for the aerospace and defense markets. For the space industry, we provide completely integrated systems and components for satellite propulsion and mechanisms, space-rated electronics and actuation systems for both launch and human-rated space vehicles.
Fluid control products include: systems, sub-assembly and components for gas, liquid, green and electric propulsion. Motion control products include: solar array deployment actuators, antenna positioning mechanisms, thrust vector control actuators and fine control actuation systems. Space-rated electronics include: propulsion, actuation, power drive and distribution, data management and light control applications. Moog also specializes in payload isolation, ground-based test systems, tuned mass dampers for vibration and jitter reduction control systems.
AMPAC In-Space Propulsion (ISP) Europe is a leading European developer and manufacturer of Satellite propulsion equipments. The current AMPAC-ISP Europe space qualified product portfolio includes Mono-propellant and Bi-Propellant apogee engines and thrusters, micro-Newton thrusters, fill and drain valves, pressure regulators, non-return valves, solenoid valves and cold gas propulsion systems, sub-systems and components.
AMPAC-ISP Europe has facilities in Dublin, Ireland and in Cheltenham and Westcott, England, with extensive in-house design, manufacturing, clean-room assembly and test facilities, including High altitude thrust testing. In addition, AMPAC-ISP (US) operates in Niagara Falls, New York, and Chatsworth, California. From this global base we support the international space community with high performance, mission critical systems and components for propulsion and feed system applications.
A global space industry leader, Astrium offers world-class expertise and extensive prime contractor experience across all sectors of the space business – a complete range of launch capabilities, orbital systems and manned space activities, satellite systems, payloads, ground segment and equipment for a vast range of civil and military applications, and a wide portfolio of space-based services. Astrium is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011 Astrium posted a turnover close to €5 billion. The company employs nearly 18,000 people mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
ECAPS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SSC (previously the Swedish Space Corporation), is a world leader in reduced hazard propulsion, often referred to as green propulsion. ECAPS' High Performance Green Propulsion (HPGP) technology offers a family of Ammonium DiNitramide (ADN) based storable monopropellants, propulsion systems and rocket engines. This unique propulsion technology provides a simple method for transitioning away from today's monopropellant hydrazine systems, by allowing existing propulsion system architectures to be leveraged. HPGP technology, using the monopropellant LMP-103S, has been successfully flight-proven on the PRISMA mission and shown to both eliminate the need for hazardous procedures during spacecraft fueling and to provide better on-orbit performance than monopropellant hydrazine. The multiple benefits of HPGP provide opportunities for significant life-cycle cost savings for satellites requiring in-space propulsion systems.
Be ready for the next level of propulsion, powered by ECAPS.
On the US market, ECAPS is represented by the two individual partners ATK and Moog.
NanoSpace is an innovative company with focus on MEMS*-based products for space applications. Our vision is to become a recognized supplier of novel space qualified products based on innovative thinking and solid knowledge from both MEMS and space industry.
NanoSpace is currently developing a number of novel products:
- Miniaturized cold gas thrusters and propulsion systems for satellites
- A propulsion module compatible to the CubeSat standard
- A miniaturized xenon flow control system for Ion engines
- A novel propellant gauging system for spacecraft
- A number of components such as valves, filters, sensors and other devices based on MEMS technology.
NanoSpace is a wholly-owned subsidiary to SSC (previous Swedish Space Corporation) that has an excellent track record from more than 30 years of space activities.
NanoSpace has an ever increasing patent portfolio and is certified according to ISO 9001:2008.
*MEMS = Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
IHI Aerospace (IA) is carrying out the development, manufacture, and has been contributing in a big way to the indigenous space development in Japan.
Our company started research on rockets in 1953.
Now we have become a leading comprehensive manufacturer carrying out development and manufacture of rockets, defense-related systems and space utilization in Japan.
IA has also achieved excellent results in development of re-entry and recovery systems and propulsion systems including the bi-propellant liquid apogee engines, propellant tanks, mono-propellant and bi-propellant thrusters, and gas jet reaction control system for satellites and spacecraft.
The world's leading supplier of Travelling Wave Tubes for satellites and space probes through its Microwave and Imaging Sub-Systems activities, Thales equips the transponders used in most civilian and military applications: navigation, radio, secure data, television, Internet, observation of the Earth and the planets. Thales is also developing new ion thrusters designed to place in orbit and control the position of the satellite. These thrusters, combining a simple design with technologies proven in orbit, allow a highly-competitive customized modular approach for satellite manufacturers.
As a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), Thales Alenia Space (TAS) is a key supplier of satellite and orbital infrastructure solutions. With 10 facilities in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Germany, the company is a global market leader in telecommunications, navigation, space exploration and Earth observation. The company, with achieved revenues of Euro 2 billion in 2010, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 10 industrial sites.
TAS is deeply involved in several space industry fields, including: communications, as a world leader in communications satellites, with contracts from around the world; constellations, as prime contractor for Iridium NEXT, Globalstar 2nd generation and O3B telecommunications constellations; environmental and climate change monitoring projects, including the Global Monitoring for Environment and Safety (GMES) program and the MTG meteorological platform; defense, as prime contractor for the French Syracuse (I, II and III) and the Italian Sicral telecommunication systems; science and exploration, as prime contractor for the ExoMars mission and the Herschel-Planck missions; space infrastructure and transportation, with provision of 50% of the ISS pressurized volume (Nodes 2 and 3, Permanent Multipurpose Module, Multipurpose Logistics Modules, Cupola); launchers, with responsibility of the onboard electronic systems for the Ariane launcher and the European safety package on Soyuz launchers operated from French Guiana.
TAS propulsion team has developed wide and extensive heritage in the field of satellite propulsion, for different kinds of propulsion, for agency projects as well as several worldwide commercial customers. One of the TAS propulsion team's points of strength is to cover all activities related to propulsion matters, such as: engineering (design activities, subsystem justification, slosh and plume effect analysis), procurement, subsystem tests, equipment qualification, production, AIT including test campaign at launch pad (propellant/gas filling), launch and in-orbit activities (including disposal operations); monitoring. All these resources (including a dedicated bunker to perform high pressure proof test) are located in Cannes (France).
Torino team is also involved in propulsion for exploration and science missions.
TAS's propulsion product line proposes 4 main propulsion subsystems:
- the bipropellant MONMMH subsystem for SPACEBUS 4000;
- the monopropellant hydrazine subsystem for PROTEUS, as well as the Monopropellant Propulsion Subsystem (MPS) of Telecommunication Constellations like Iridium NEXT, Globalstar 2nd generation and O3B, using thrusters with low thrust in blow-down mode
- the monopropellant hydrazine subsystem operated in regulated mode for high thrust, for ExoMars Descent and Landing system, and for the RCS of IXV re-entry demonstrator;
- the electric Xenon propulsion subsystem for SPACEBUS and ALPHABUS.
Alta SpA, Italy, is a leading European SME in the Aerospace Propulsion Sector, set up in 1999 as a spin-off of the University of Pisa to commercialize a heritage of over 30 years of RTD activities in the field of Electric Propulsion (EP). Today Alta is a privately owned company which, due to the highly innovative nature of its business, continues to retain close links with the University.
Alta is one of the foremost centres of excellence in the EP and test services sector, employs one of the largest qualified workforces of researchers and engineers in Europe in this niche market, and owns a range of vacuum facilities among the most powerful and varied in Europe.
Albeit EP remains the core business, Alta has been active since 2005 in the development of small chemical thrusters for orbital control based on green propellants.
Expertise in plasma technology and vacuum testing has also led to contracts for the terrestrial application of space technology in fields such as urban waste incineration, plasma treatment of materials and distributed energy co-generation.
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