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CNES Conducts R&D Challenge for Future Launch Systems

26 Jun 2020, 07:33 UTC
CNES Conducts R&D Challenge for Future Launch Systems
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PARIS (CNES PR) — On Wednesday, 24 June, research laboratories, start-ups, PMEs and other firms presented their work contributing to the launch systems of the future to a top-level audience. In all, €750,000 worth of CNES contracts were awarded to the laureates, which each received €50,000 or €100,000 to develop their solutions.

At its Innovation Day on 7 February in Toulouse, CNES announced a Launchers R&D Challenge under its Connect by CNES initiative, in partnership with ArianeGroup and ESA, designed to ease access to funding for launch systems.

The challenge’s main themes cover launcher stage reuse, launcher optimization, processing of unconventional fuels like liquid methane and reduction of carbon footprints. In the current crisis, this unique event aims to support the space ecosystem.

The challenge laureates are:

Arkane, applying artificial intelligence to an array of embedded wireless sensorsHionos, applying aviation standards to generate launcher flight softwareUniversitat Politecnica de Catalunya, with a system for measuring propellant mass in microgravity using acoustic wavesVenture Orbital System, with a 3D-printed combustion chamberOledcomm, employing LiFi optical communications technology for launcher communication systemsPosithôt, with its non-destructive testing solution using positons (anti-matter) for advanced detection of critical launcher structural defectsMeliad, for improvements to composite material bonding ...

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