Partners: C-ASTRAL, CHPR CENTER FOR HUMAN PERFORMANCE RESEARCH, LEONARDO, INECO, Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre Amsterdam, CRIDA
TERRA Project addresses the research topic H2020-SESAR-2016-1 RPAS04: Ground-based technology, focusing on the performance requirements associated with the UTM concept, and identifying the technologies (existing and new) which could meet these requirements. TERRA proposes a technical architecture to support VLL RPAS operations, which are assumed to encompass interaction with VFR traffic. The main project objectives are the following: • Requirements identification: A set of operational and functional ground-based system requirements will be defined for three representative RPAS operational business cases, considering operator requirements but also potential impacts on stakeholders. • Technological applicability: Analysis of applicability of existing CNS/ATM technologies which could be applied to UTM, identification and development of new technologies (e.g. machine learning classification of flight trajectories) and analysis of their applicability, considering in both cases the performance provided by these technologies with the requirements imposed upon their use. • Architecture proposal and proof of concept: Identification of the most appropriate technologies, comparing their performance and applicability with the user requirements and definition of a technical architecture, which will be evaluated by means of a proof of concept demonstration. To achieve these objectives, the Consortium consists of a range of companies bringing complementary expertise (research, operational, industrial) covering all the elements of ground-based technologies for UTM; additionally, an Advisory Board of stakeholders and developers has been formed to assist the consortium on the requirements identification and proposals validation. Finally, a proof of concept demonstration of the proposed architecture will be conducted, leveraging existing simulation platforms previously developed by members of the consortium. TERRA aims to safely facilitate up to 1 million VLL RPAS fligths by 2025.
Partners: VEPLASDD, Joanneum Research, LEONARDO, TUV ITALIA SRL, POLITO, GBP METAL GROUP SL, F3NICE AS
The aim of MIMOSA Project is the development of joined multi-material structures with new concepts able to exploit the digital and hybrid processes in order to achieve higher technological and economic performances with respect to current traditional joints. Furthermore, MIMOSA will lead to the application of circularity of materials and production by integrating the recycling, starting from the ideation phase of product and business. These ambitions and associated needs will be achieved with innovative technology and competitive process for multi-material joints between AlSi10Mg alloy for additive manufacturing (AM) and composites (CFRP, carbon fiber-reinforced polymers). The project proposes new joint concept design, after-service materials regeneration (50% of metals and 90% of CFRP), weight (-51%) and lead time (-65%) reduction and overall process environmental footprint reduction. A prototype of vertical stabilizer (VS) structure will be fabricated and analyzed as the business case of the Project. At the end of the Project, TRL6 is expected by starting at TRL3. Many aerostructures are composed of CFRP skin and metal parts coupled by rivets. However this kind of joint shows some drawbacks: (1) long time for assembling, (2) loss of fibers integrity due to rivet holes, (3) rivets payload, (4) joint surfaces treatment with paints needed, (5) rivets failure issues, (6) hard inspection and maintenance of rivets. MIMOSA Project will go beyond the state of the art in building aircraft structures by providing: (1) scientific research-driven integration of different design fields and fabrication processes, (2) new AM-CFRP multi-material joint concept, (3) reduced waste of materials thanks to recycling and associated economic value generation, (4) enhancement of process performances of energy consumption, lead-time and cost, (5) fabrication of a vertical stabilizer prototype (OB4) for narrow body airliners with the new AM-CFRP joint as business case.
Partners: University of Patras, LEONARDO, University of Southern Brittany, LGAI, CETMA, EASN-TIS, NOVOTECH, University of Bath
NHYTE project aims at developing and demonstrating concepts and methodologies enabling the realization of innovative integrated aero-structures, made of a new hybrid thermoplastic matrix composite material with multifunctional capabilities. The high-performing material proposed, based on a commercial PEEK-Carbon Fiber Prepreg with addition of amorphous (PEI) films, answers to the needs to have reduced weight and consequently reduced fuel consumptions and emissions on an aircraft, as well as reduced manufacturing and operational costs. Demonstration aero-structures will be fabricated by an innovative working cell implementing an advanced continuous automated production process, including: automated hybrid material fabrication; manufacturing of skin panels by automated fiber placement in-situ consolidation process; fabrication of stringers by continuous forming; component assembly by induction welding. The innovative material, conceived and patented by a partner of the Consortium, is an example of multifunctional composite, since it returns both functions of toughness improvement (multilayer material) and process simplification. This concept on one side will provide an advantage from the structural point of view, in terms of better impact damage performance; while on the other side major advantages will result on processing simplification, in particular including improved cycle times and lower energy consumptions, since it does not require the use of an autoclave curing phase. As of today, its usage has been limited to fabricate panels, only at laboratory level; hence, a suitable improvement finalized to process in industrial environment is needed. Proposed process techniques and assembly will be the first step towards the industrial application of the innovative material. Consortium has set a target for weight saving not less than 5% for primary structures. Further reduction of full life cycle cost is expected from scrape material and end of life structures recycling.
While Earth Observation (EO) data has become ever more vital to understanding the planet and addressing societal challenges, applications are still limited by revisit time and spatial resolution. Though low Earth orbit missions can achieve resolutions better than 100 m, their revisit time typically stands at several days, limiting capacity to monitor dynamic events. Geostationary (GEO) missions instead typically provide data on an hour-basis but with spatial resolution limited to 1 km, which is insufficient to understand local phenomena. SURPRISE’s main objective is to implement a demonstrator of a super-spectral EO payload - working in the visible, near- and mid-infrared and conceived to operate from GEO platform - with enhanced capability in spatial resolution, onboard data processing and encryption functionalities. SURPRISE develops two disruptive technologies: Compressive Sensing (CS) and Spatial Light Modulator (SLM). CS optimises data acquisition (e.g. reduced storage and transmission bandwidth requirements) and enables novel onboard processing and encryption functionalities. SLM here implements the CS paradigm and achieves a super-resolution architecture. SLM technology, at the core of the CS architecture, is addressed by: reworking and testing off-the-shelf parts in relevant environment; developing roadmap for a European SLM, micromirror array-type, with electronics suitable for space qualification. By introducing for the first time the concept of a payload with medium spatial resolution (few hundreds of meters) and near continuous revisit (hourly), SURPRISE can lead to a EO major breakthrough and complement existing operational services. CS will address the challenge of large data collection, whilst onboard processing will improve timeliness, shortening time needed to extract information from images and possibly generate alarms. Impact is relevant to industrial competitiveness, with potential for market penetration of the demonstrator and its components.
Partners: JGU, MPG, HUJI, UNIVERSITA CAMPUS BIO MEDICO DI ROMA, QLIBRI, LEONARDO, PPQSENSE SRL, ICRC Brno, CNR
Understanding and controlling complex systems at different scales is a major challenge in biology and medicine. Quantum sensing technologies hold much promise for disruptive approaches to imaging and spectroscopy of biological matter. MUQUABIS aims at developing synergetic tools of quantum bio-sensing and bio-imaging. Such sensors will offer biology a distinctive host of powerful features – non-invasiveness, sensitivity, spatial and temporal resolutions, likely to conquer new frontiers in imaging and spectroscopy, out-of-reach of their classical counterparts. A focus is a global structural and functional understanding of cardiac cell layers from molecules to cells to tissues. ¬Their study in healthy and diseased conditions will shed light on cardiac arrhythmias, largely responsible for morbidity and sudden cardiac death. Advancing beyond modern tools of photonics and quantum measurements, new concepts for quantum frequency combs and infrared lasers will be explored. Low-light-level spectro-imaging will detect cell-membrane proteins and gaseous metabolites nearby cell tissues, below the quantum noise limit. Concurrently, a quantum magneto-microscope based on diamond nitrogen-vacancy centers will be combined to optical imaging for electrophysiology. Such a hybrid sensor will simultaneously and locally reveal the magnetic and electric fields in cardiac-cell activity. MUQUABIS proposes a unique synergic effort, gathering complementary expertise, technologies and infrastructures. Leading research institutions in quantum sensing, quantum optics and biophysics, together with four high-tech companies will rapidly move the project from fundamental quantum sensing components and protocols to technology validation on biological samples to a roadmap for industrial exploitation. MUQUABIS will pave the way to ground-breaking quantum-based tools and protocols for medical diagnostics and treatments, a strategic objective for the European Quantum Technology flagship.