Space foundations

The European Commission published short descriptions on the Space Foundations projects funded within the 1st and 2nd Call of FP7:

AEROFAST [879 KB] ’s main goal is to improve aerocapture transportation technology, allowing for advanced space transportation systems to herald enhanced mobility between Earth and space.

AGAPAC [2 MB] stands for “Advanced GaN Packaging”; the project endeavours to establish a space-compatible European supply chain for packaging solutions of GaN discrete transistors and GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits by 2010.

GRASP [2 MB] aims at developing Green Propellant, which can contribute to making space craft more environmentally friendly, while securing independent European access to space.

With the HAMLET [970 KB] project, Europe reinforces its worldwide leadership in the field of space dosimetry. Its aim is to build a three-dimensional model of the radiation dose distribution in an astronaut’s body

The HiPER [740 KB] project will perform basic research and proof-of-concept experiments on key space transportation technologies, allowing for the development of high power electric propulsion and power generation that may enhance space exploration and transportation capabilities.

The [4 MB] project aims at making an important step forward in this field, designing, optimising and developing a new type of space plasma thruster based on helicon-radio-frequency technology, which allows for higher versatility and lower costs compared with current systems.

ORPHEE [600 KB] seeks to significantly increase hybrid rocket engine performance. The availability of cutting edge hybrid rocket technology in Europe paves the way for future space missions. The project will enhance European competence in hybrid rocket technology and advance its development, raising its Technological Readiness Level (TRL) from 1 to 3.

PRoVisG [4 MB] aims at making the most out of robotic probes that explore Mars and other planets, by improving the processing and representation of visual data they send back.

SOTERIA [2 MB] aims at improving our understanding of space weather phenomena by facilitating a more reliable space weather forecast, based on a space monitoring system.

The project ULISSE [905 KB] provides ground support for the optimum exploitation of ISS experiments.

2nd Call: All projects within the Space Foundations Area of the 2nd Call as listed below are described in one single brochure called Desire for Space [3 MB] PDF :

Space Exploration Projects:

Prepare for landing on planets (Phys4Entry)
Phys4Entry: Planetary Entry Integrated Models

Giving robotic rovers a sight of their own (PRoViScout)
PRoViScout: Planetary Robotics Vision Scout

Preparing for safe Earth return (RASTAS SPEAR)
RASTAS SPEAR: Radiation-Shapes Thermal protection investigations for high-Speed Earth Re-entry

Setting the stage for human space exploration (THESEUS)
THESEUS: Towards Human Exploration of Space: a EUropean Strategy

Developing Critical Technologies Projects:

In digital satellite technology, making Europe a world leader (COMETS)
COMETS: COnverters broadband low power high perforMancE for Telecommunications in Space

Harvesting the full potential of radio waves (MIDAS)
MIDAS: Millimetre-wave Integrated Diode and Amplifer Sources

Towards home grown high power space electronics in Europe (EuSiC)
EuSiC: High Quality European GaN-Wafer on SiC Substrates for Space Applications

Harvesting science from radio waves (TeraComp)
TeraComp: Terahertz heterodyne receiver components for future European space missions

Developing more flexible satellites (SATURNE)
SATURNE: Microsystems Based on Wide Band Gap Materials for Future Space Transmitting Ultra Wideband Receiving Systems

Observing our borders from space (NEWA)
NEWA: New European WAtcher

Coordination and Support Actions Projects:

Bringing Europe together on the space journey (NordicBaltSat)
NordicBaltSat: Utilizing the existing and emerging potential of Nordic-Baltic dimension in critical satellite technologies and applications