Projects / Programs Description Status Outcome
Harsh Environment Sensors Development of MNT based sensors developed from SiC and other robust materials (diamond, DLC, IIINitrides, III-V, SOI) for aerospace applications
  • Phase 1: Two studies based on SiC and SoI concepts completed
  • Phase 2: Team members and funding proposal
  • Phase 3: Implementation plan
MNT based sensors for harsh environments essentially characterized by extremes in mechanical, thermal and chemical stress
Optoelectronics Development of optoelectronic devices based on semiconducting nanostructures and nano-materials
  • Phase 1: Three different Concepts feasibility investigations completed
  • Phase 2: Project Implementation plan to be developed
. Nano-optoelectronic devices for communication, computing and sensing in aerospace systems. . Ultra-compact and power-efficient optoelectronic devices such as detectors and lasers. . Ultimately replace traditional, gas or solid-state detectors and lasers.
Nano-sensors Potential nano-sensors and device concepts for aerospace applications
  • Phase 1: Concept paper completed
  • Phase 2: Team members and funding proposal
  • Phase 3: Implementation plan
. Nanotube and nanowire based chemical/bio sensors . Nano electromechanical transducers for physical property measurements . Nanostructured filtration and separation devices and materials
Improving and Integrating Sensors A need for better, diverse sensors is proposed to drive collaboration between Université catholique de Louvain, Rhobest, the European Defence Agency, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), and IMEC amongst others. In the first phase of the project, the group hopes to identify the requirements for different kinds of sensors in hopes of eventually being able to create sensors with multiple specializations. Currently, different gas sensors are required for both space and terrestrial applications. Perhaps within three years this collaboration can greatly advance sensor technology.
Micromechanical Gas Storage Representatives from EUCOM, ESA, and EDA hope to collectively create a micromechanical method of gas storage. Increasing the ability to store gases, such as hydrogen, facilitates the development of fuel cells and methods that will allow gas energy to be stored for future use.
Monolithically integrated beam forming systems with smart antennas and microwave photonics components Creation of monolithically integrated beam-forming systems with smart antennas and microwave photonics components will help propel nano-satellite and small satellite development as this development will allow for smaller satellites with greater power. Proposed collaborators include beam-forming antenna maker SaTrax, the potential user EADS, and the University of Breman amongst others. Team members hope to conclude the planning stages within 3 months and the project implementation in 3 years.
Sharing of Radiation Hardened CirCuitry Research University of Bremen and other partners propose to work with ESA-ESTEC on an information sharing initiative to make information about radiation hardened circuitry available across Europe and elsewhere.
Last updated: 6/21/2021