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Implemented OSIP ideas — February 2020

12/03/2020 539 views 2 likes
ESA / Enabling & Support / Preparing for the Future / Discovery and Preparation

ESA's Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP) seeks novel ideas for new space research activities. Campaigns and Channels invite solutions to specific problems or ideas on more general topics, with the Open Discovery Ideas Channel specifically looking for ideas that could be implemented as system studies, early technology developments, or PhD or postdoc research co-funded by ESA and a university. In February 2020, the following ideas were implemented through the Open Discovery Ideas Channel:

Multi-Layer Temporal Network Model of the Space Environment

University of Strathclyde

As more and more satellites are sent into space, we need to consider our impact on the space environment. This study will explore the resilience and sustainability of using space, as well as investigating the behaviour of an object in relation to the rest of the space environment.

Three-Dimensional Phased Array Antenna for Active and Passive Debris Detection and Tracking

University of Strathclyde

This study will explore whether we can detect and track space objects anytime and anywhere with a cheap, lightweight, zero power passive system. It will consider whether we can use existing radio signals to detect objects, whether such a system could be space-borne, and much more.

Study of Cislunar Space Dynamics and Environment for Orbital Debris Mitigation

Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace

Cislunar space is the volume inside the Moon's orbit. This study will explore what the long-term effects of debris in the cislunar space are, and how the effects can be avoided.

A Deep Characterisation of a Nanotechnological Antioxidant for Space Using Simple Invertebrates

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

The aim of this study is to get a molecular-level understanding of the response of simple invertebrates to long-term stays in simulated altered gravity, with particular attention to tissue deterioration and oxidative stress. The study also plans to test cerium oxide nanoparticles as a candidate antioxidant drug to counteract such effects.

Space-Based Radar for the Detection of Millimetre-Sized Objects

Airbus Defence and Space

Human-made objects measuring one millimetre to one centimetre in diameter pose the largest risk to spacecraft; there are estimated to be 150 million of them in orbit, and they can cause serious - potentially mission-ending - damage. The aim of this study is to understand if meaningful samples of millimetre-sized objects can be detected and characterised using space-based radar at low power-levels, that could be carried onboard a spacecraft as a secondary payload.

Radiation Damage of the Gaia Focal Plane

Open University

There is much less radiation damage on Gaia's focal plane than expected based on pre-launch tests. This study will explore why this is the case before looking into how pre-launch radiation damage testing can be improved and how radiation damage will affect the science that Gaia carries out.