Industrial and Scientific Team

Scientific team

A great number of entities spread all over Europe are involved in the Expert project. Scientific institutions perform the experiments according to their competences, while an industrial team is developing the vehicle that serves as a flying wind tunnel for experiments in aerothermodynamics. The experiments are funded mainly through ESA’s Basic Technology Research Programme (TRP) and the vehicle mainly through ESA’s General Support Technology Programme (GSTP).

Scientific community

Institute Experiment
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Design, Stuttgart, Germany (DLR Stuttgart) NAP: Ceramic Nose Experiment
Hypersonic Technology Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany (HTG) PL 01: Flush Air Data System(FADS)
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Space Systems, Stuttgart, Germany (IRS) PL 02: Pyrex
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Space Systems, Stuttgart, Germany (IRS) PL 03: Phlux
Italian Aerospace Centre, Capua, Italy (CIRA) PL 04: Natural Transition
Von Karman Institute, Rhode-St.-Genese, Belgium (VKI) PL 05: Roughness Induced TransitionM
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, Cologne, Germany (DLR Cologne) PL 06: Flap Efficiency
Italian Aerospace Centre, Capua, Italy (CIRA) PL 07: Shock Wave Boundary Interaction
RUAG, Wallisellen, Switzerland (RUAG) PL 08: Flap Heating
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Space Systems, Stuttgart, Germany (IRS) PL 10: Reentry Spectrometer (RESPECT)
Von Karman Institute, Rhode-St.-Genese, Belgium (VKI) PL 11: Instrumented TPS Junction
Alta SpA, Pisa, Italy (ALTA) PL 12: Base Flow
Hypersonic Technology Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany (HTG) PL 13: Skin Friction
Italian Aerospace Centre, Capua, Italy (CIRA) PL 15: Ultra High Temperature Ceramics
INASMET Tecnalia, San Sebastian, Spain (INASMET) PL 18: Intermetallic Tile

Industry

The industrial team is led by the prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, Turin, Italy (TAS-I). It coordinates the activities with its subcontractors. The main subcontractors are:

Industrial team
Company Responsibility
Thales Alenia Space-Italy Prime Contractor
CIRA, Italy Aerothermodynamics and Payloads Coordination
DutchSpace, The Netherlands Metallic Thermal Protection System
Magna Steyr, Austria Ballast, Avionics Housing
MT-Aerospace Ceramic Flaps
Rheinmetall Italy, Italy Mechanical Ground Support Equipment
Sabca/Sonaca S.A., Belgium Cold Structure
Siemens, Austria Avionics testing equipment
Space Application Services, Belgium Launch and Recovery Operations Support
Spacebel, Belgium Software
SRC Makeev Design Bureau, Russia Base Thermal Protection System
Descent and Landing System, Launch and Recovery
Syderal, Switzerland Avionics
TU-Delft, The Netherlands Aerothermodynamics
VKI, Belgium Aerothermodynamics

Last update: 23 July 2010

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