Pegasus is a project of the EU Horizon 2020 Programme
1. Increase the maturity of thermal management components
The proposed DPR represents a unique technology, an evolution of loop heat pipes with enhanced thermal dissipation. The DPR qualification provides a key contribution to plans for improving European space platform capacities.
2. Qualify a European supplier for space critical technologies
PEGASUS project goes a step forward catching the DPR technology manufactured in Europe and addressing its validation for LEO and GEO platforms. The outputs of the project will guarantee a European DPR product fully qualified for next flight mission.
3. Integrate a European supply chain
PEGASUS project is structured in a building block approach. The project integrates end users and platform manufacturers with components manufacturers, design offices and test centers. The project opens a supply chain for both telecom and earth observation future platforms.
4. Promote the number of Small Companies in space activities
In PEGASUS consortium there are two small companies: IberEspacio and ActiveSpace. The complementary competences of these small companies allow to offer a complete subsystem to end users.
5. Provide validated space technologies for spin-off in non-space sectors
The new materials technologies developed under PEGASUS proposal could be transferred to non-space users. The use of alodine-Cr free technology is a spin-in approach, but the results of evolution and validation for space use could extend the applications.
6. Develop a commercial evaluation of the technology and address how to access the market
The business plan for the exploitation of the results of the project consists in the detailed market analysis in order to define key clients in each country related with the aerospace sector and non-space industry as well.
Pegasus is a project of the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, focused on the Activity COMPET-1-2014 “Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness”.
The increasing demand of power rejection in present and future satellites, mainly for telecommunication applications, requires the development of deployable radiator panels which can be stowed for launch and then deployed once the satellite is on its orbit.
In particular, in the case of the full electric propulsion systems for new telecom platforms, the need of deployable radiators to cover the main communications panels (north-south) during the orbit raising time (up to 180 days) is the most common baseline design demanded by the telecom satellite manufacturers.
Once in nominal operation orbit, such deployable radiators are used to provide the corresponding extra heat rejection capability of the satellite and therefore to increase payload transponders amount and type.
The project partners constitute a reliable supply chain capable of achieving the project objectives. The consortium is well balanced and integrated at European level (Spain, France, Italy, Portugal), which is a need for satellite platform manufacturing.
ACTIVE SPACE TECHNOLOGIES
Annual Review Meeting was held on 23rd of February 2016 in IberEspacio, Madrid (Spain). Project status have been presented to the European Commission. In general, project has achieved its objectives and milestones with some corrective actions to be implemented.
The Equipment Qualification Status Review (EQSR) and Design Review Meetings for PEGASUS Deployable Radiator (DPR) were held on 15th and 16th of December 2015 in IberEspacio, Madrid (Spain). Technical topics were discussed and agreed. Partners to continue with the detailed design of PEGASUS DPR, which is to be concluded in the Design Review Close-Out Meeting.
The Progress Review Meeting was held on 21st and 22nd of July 2015 in IberEspacio, Madrid (Spain). Technical topics were discussed. Partners to continue with the design activities of PEGASUS Deployable Radiator.
The Deployable Radiator for Telecom Satellites Specification Review was held last 15th and 16th April 2015 in TAS-F, Cannes. All the technical topics related to the DPR requirements where discussed and Pegasus continues according to the planning.
PEGASUS Kick-off Meeting took place in Madrid, Spain at the premises of PEGASUS Coordinator IberEspacio. The meeting was held on 19th January 2015 with representatives from each project partner and the PEGASUS EC Project Officer. Each project partner presented their organization and their role in the project.
The consortium agreement for Pegasus has been signed by all members the 18th November 2014. The Pegasus consortium is composed of IberEspacio, Thales Alenia France, Thales Alenia Italy, Sener, Active Space Technologies and Tecnalia.