23, July 2014

PROJECT TITLE: ADvanced COmposite Structure for SPacecraft Applications — ADCOSSPA

Coordinator: National Research and Development Institute for Gas Turbines COMOTI

Partners: National Research and Development Institute for Electrical Engineering ICPE-CA

Period: 19 Noimebrie 2012 – 20 Noiembrie 2015

Project director: Dr. Eng. Raluca Voicu

Project team:

Description: Hosting a payload straight up to escape Earth’s gravity requires a phenomenal expenditure of energy, and every gram saved in either launch vehicle or payload weight translates to lower overall costs of the mission.

Project goal: satellite electronic housing

Project objectives:

  • Design (reference geometry) CAD models and Specific Requirements  for the space structure: micro-satellite electronic housing
  • Materials selection composite materials (CFRP) and Structural Design assessment: stress analysis-FEA and experimental tests assessement
  • Manufacturing of the lightweight space structure using autoclave technology: experimental model
  • Testing lightweight experimental model: composite micro-satellite electronic housing


Contributions to the STAR programme objectives:

  • Development of lightweigh and „strong” innovative composite structure applicable in space. 
  • The project achievement results in achieving expertise in space field and increase capacity of both project partners research entities to participate to ESA operational programs.