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Space - technology integration and flight demostrators<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> - technology integration and flight demostratorsSpace - technology integration and flight demostrators<p>​​The unit is in charge of the definition and management of programs / multidisciplinary projects dedicated to the integration, validation and demonstration of space technologies.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Space Access</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Demonstration of design capability, integration and operation of reentry systems from orbit LEO, also highly maneuvered and with conventional landing on runway, aimed at unmanned space transportation. The achievement of this objective is implemented using an incremental testing process already started in 2002 with the manufacturing and flight testing of the experimental platform Unmanned Space Vehicle (USV ). The USV platform aimed at the validation of enabling technologies of transonic flight was followed in 2015 by the European Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) on ground and in flight experience. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In addition to the ability to design and integration of re-entry systems from Low Earth Orbit the aim is also to validate the technological capabilities to improve performances or reducing costs of some critical subsystems. In this context, one of the major areas of innovation is represented by the structural subsystems, in particular for what concerns the passive thermal protection one. The use of automated and innovative structural design concepts and manufacturing techniques, as well as the selection of peculiar ceramic matrix composites resistant to high temperatures and realized with low cost manufacturing techniques are developed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">CIRA participation to the European Program SPACE RIDER / PRIDE contributes to the achievement of the goal.</p><p><strong>Launch System</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The main objective is the technical and scientific support to the development of enabling technologies in the evolution of the medium size launchers (VEGA C and VEGA E): the definition of the upper stage, the lightening of the structures, the study of new configurations, reducing costs with Health Monitoring techniques, the generation of aerodynamic database. Moreover a dedicated effort is devoted to the study and development of more efficient solutions for the launch systems of small payload.</p><p><strong>Satellite and Exploration </strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The need of long permanence in orbit aimed at the observation of the Earth or the human survival in space, pushes the research and development to the identification of enabling technologies that make satellite systems achievable with reduced costs (manufacturing techniques and innovative integration. Objective of this line is to ensure technological evolutions which are intended, for example, to the miniaturization of propulsion systems and the development of increasingly compact mechatronic devices able to operate autonomously for long periods of time.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Design and integration of technological demonstrators for reentry vehicles and specific subsystems.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Design and integration of technological demonstrators of space transportation and exploration systems.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Definition and management of on ground and in flight testing campaigns.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Reusable thermal protection systems based on the use of CMC and/or UHTC. </p><p>Design for Demise.</p>

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