A top-level European consortium that combines industrial expertise and research excellence, striving to create a disruptive technology for the space industry

Pangea Aerospace is devising the next generation of rocket launcher technology based on reusability and efficiency through a disruptive recovery system as well as an innovative 3D-printed aerospike engine.

In the new space ecosystem, the number of satellites sent to space is growing continuously and there is not enough supply of launches to cover the new demand. Pangea will target this underserved demand, thinking ahead in the market cycle, focusing on advanced technologies to reduce costs. The company is supported by a top advisory board, including the ex-president of ESA (the European Space Agency), as well as the ex-president of the French Space Agency (CNES), among others. It has received plenty of support both from European and national institutions.

Heron Engineering is a Small Medium Enterprise based in Athens, Greece, which provides engineering services in the aerospace domain – from on-going development projects to R&D projects.

The main activity of the company is the provision of consultancy services in the areas of stress analysis and finite elements, and mechanical design for the aerospace industry. The core of the company consists of engineers with experience in European Aerospace Projects and with expertise in Structural Analysis. Heron Engineering, apart its industry contractual work, has been collaborating in R&D projects funded by EU as well as ESA.

The Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe´s leading universities. It has roughly 540 professors, 10.100 academic and non-academic staff, and 41.500 students. It focuses on the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences, medicine, and on economic sciences. After winning numerous awards, it has been selected as an “Excellence University” in 2006 and 2012 by the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). In both national and international rankings, TUM is rated as one of Germany´s top universities and is dedicated to the ideal of a top-level research-oriented entrepreneurial university.

Institute of Flight Dynamics: With its main research areas flight controls, sensor data fusion & navigation, flight trajectory optimization, and flight guidance, the Institute of Flight System Dynamics of TUM (TUM-FSD) holds in-depth experience pertaining to flight mechanical design, to both flight performance specification and implementation and to the development of flight control algorithms. The Institute operates a fully instrumented research aircraft, a research flight simulator, a level 5+ flight simulator and multiple UAVs. In addition to its contribution to various national and international research projects (including participations in FP7, H2020, CleanSky and EDA research projects such as RECREATE, INCEPTION, PALAST or NICE, respectively), the institute also cooperates within industry funded projects and other contractual research.

The Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) with its 260 institutes in nine faculties is the largest university for technical study courses in Germany with more than 45.000 students. During the last five years, the university was nominated by the German Federal Government twice in a row as excellent. It is a member of the national TU9-Aalliance (U9 German Institutes of Technology) which is an association of the nine most prestigious, oldest, and largest Technical Universities in Germany.

The Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design (SLA) belongs to the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the biggest one within the RWTH Aachen University. The faculty contains more than 50 teaching and research facilities as well as currently 63 professorships subserving more than 12,000 students. The institute is focused on teaching and research in the cluster of Aero- and Spacecraft Technology, especially in the field of design and sizing of aerostructures.

Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond.

Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. The Company is a major contributor to the International Space Station (ISS), responsible for over half of its pressurized volume, and played a major role on the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) cargo vessels for ESA and on NASA’s Cygnus program, which brings supplies to the ISS. Thales Alenia Space has leveraged its unrivalled expertise in orbital infrastructures and space transport, including the IXV, a huge success that paves the way to future European re-entry missions, and the pressurized compartment on SOAR (Sub-Orbital Aircraft Reusable), which will carry both scientific experiments and astronauts. Thales Alenia Space will also be a leading contributor to the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) being developed by NASA.

The von Karman Institute (VKI) is an international educational and research institute devoted to the field of Fluid Dynamics. It was founded in 1956 by a number of NATO countries and the US and Canada. The Aeronautics and Aerospace Department has been working on many programs devoted to re-entry vehicles and general aerothermodynamics.

VKI has a broad experience in numerical, theoretical and experimental investigation of hypersonic flow field phenomena. The H-3 (Mach 6), Longshot and Plasmatron (high enthalpy) facilities are the main experimental tools utilized at the von Karman Institute to study the aerothermodynamics of space vehicles. The von Karman Institute has been involved heavily in international programs of ESA such as Hermes, MSRO, EXPERT and IXV. Thanks to its unique facilities and its expertise, VKI has been recognized as reference laboratory of ESA.

TOSEDA s.r.o. is an SME from Czech Republic providing contract research and development, small scale production, consultation services and training courses for students in the field of polymer chemistry and nanotechnologies. Main areas of TOSEDA’s activity include custom design and commercialization of novel polymeric and nanocomposite materials for hi-tech applications targeted especially for space applications.

  • Development of hi-tech polymeric materials (composites, adhesives, elastomers, coatings, foams) modified by tailored nanostructures (organic, inorganic, hybrid) targeted for space, aerospace, military, construction, electronic and medicine industries.
  • Small scale production of specialties such as masterbatches (dispersions of nanostructures in selected environment), pre-pregs etc.

The R&D team of TOSEDA has very positive experience working on ESA projects in a cooperation with EU key space industrial companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, EADS CASA Espacio, MT Aerospace and Thales Alenia Space. Further, TOSEDA closely collaborates on domestic and international scene with number of universities, research organizations and recognized chemical companies.

DEIMOS Space is the technology company within the ELECNOR Group specialised in the design, engineering and development of solutions and systems integration in the aerospace, satellite systems, remote sensing, information systems and telecommunications network sectors. In the space sector its expertise encompasses Mission and Flight Engineering, Space Situational Awareness, Ground Segment Systems, Flight Software Systems and Global Navigation Satellite Systems.

DEIMOS Space will be leading the mission design and development activities including: trajectory design, orbit and launch site selection, risk and safety assessment, feasibility assessment, requirement definition and will be performing GNC and Flying qualities tasks towards a safe and reliable way to control the vehicle during the re-entry and landing phase of the mission. DEIMOS Space will also investigate the passive atmospheric reentry of the first stage together with Pangea Aerospace and Von Karman Institute.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the grant agreement no. 870340