Brief: This European Space Agency project aims to investigate removing dust from solar panels and radiators in Space. We are prime contractors for this project working with the Open University Milton Keynes (texting and facilities), Fluid Gravity Engineering (Simulation & CFD) and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. There is a stormy season every martian year meaning dustContinue reading “DUSTER”
Our development activities on In-Space Manufacturing Technology can now be found on our dedicated microsite here
Brief: We developed pressurised window requirements, designs, and verification methodology for manned spacecraft. We were required to improve and extend structural verification and fracture establishing a feasible structural integrity approach for design, verification and acceptance of critical pressurized glass window panes. An initial crack could lead to larger fractures and the larger the paneContinue reading “Windows For Manned Spaceflight”
Brief: We are developing a crushable material that can be used within an Earth Return Capsule (ERC) which is bringing samples back from Mars. The material needs to be of low density, low thermal conductivity and will absorb the energy at impact of the ERC upon landing. Approach: Our project goal was to design andContinue reading “Thermal Protection System”
Brief: We have developed a technology that controls the positioning and movement of fuel with acoustic waves. Space missions depend upon various fuel systems to work and in microgravity environments the fuel used is dominated by capillary forces which cause them to coalesce into large droplets or cling to tank walls, which means thatContinue reading “Acoustic Fuel Manipulation”
We developed the mechanical design for the imaging x-ray spectrometer for the BepiColombo spacecraft which is due to launch in 2017.
Brief We are developing novel materials for use in space as there is an increasing need for a new lost cost hybrid material. The new material will provide improved protection against radiation and micrometeorites for the safety of spacecraft and its crew. We are working on a form of shielding that will create protection fromContinue reading “Low-cost Hybrid Materials Development”