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LISA Pathfinder Propulsion Module
LISA Pathfinder Propulsion Module
Project support activities
The Structures Section provides support to projects, preparatory programmes and technology programmes and is responsible for overall structural configuration studies and structural design, engineering and verification of manned and unmanned spacecraft, modules, payloads and equipment, including instrument and equipment concepts and accommodation on spacecraft, as well as launch vehicle to spacecraft structural interfaces.
Finite element model Proba-2
Finite element model Proba-2
The Structures Section is supporting the application of advanced manufacturing techniques and structures materials, including the definition of testing and characterisation requirements in collaboration with other D/TEC sections.

Within its realm of technical competence and responsibility, the section carries out the following duties:

  • Provision of specialised support to Agency feasibility and project definition studies, preparatory programmes and approved projects, as well as direct support to industry where needed
  • Participation in the definition and execution of the Agency's technology programmes, including provision of inputs for the technical contents, harmonisation and industry policy
  • Contribution to the overseeing activities of the Technical and Quality Management Directorate through participation in project reviews and evaluation of procurement packages
  • For the conduct of these activities the Section maintains technical liaison with users, project groups and other organisational entities in and outside the Agency

Last update: 7 January 2013

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