The final objective of this work is that the obtained results from this development allow increasing the acceptance level of this European technology reducing the dependency from outside Europe for future space applications. Consequently, it is expected that potential users such as telecom operators use this product on real programmes in compatibility with commercial schedules thanks to the reached qualification status.
The main targets defined in Pegasus project:
- Increase the maturity of thermal management components for spacecraft.
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. The DPR contributes by offering efficient thermal management with major flexibility. These characteristics allow a better modularity and integration of satellite platforms.
- Qualify a European supplier for space critical technologies.
These conditions make competition of European platforms difficult against US suppliers. 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.
- Integrate a European supply chain
PEGASUS project is structured in a building block approach. The project integrates end users / platform manufacturers with components manufacturers, design offices and test centres. The project opens a supply chain for both telecom and earth observation future platforms.
- Promote the number of Small Companies in space activities
In PEGASUS consortium there are two small companies (IberEspacio, ActiveSpace ). The complementary competences of these small companies allow to offer a complete subsystem to end users. PEGASUS project offers them to lead the proposal, to integrate a product line and to qualify this product line for a specific customer.
- 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.
- Develop a commercial evaluation of the technology, and address how to access the commercial 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. The market evaluation will identify key success factors and risks in order to develop a strategy that allow the commerzialization of the technology developed in this program.