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Launcher and Re-entry Technology


HPS develops, manufactures and integrates high performance elements for launcher and reentry technologies like ablators for entering the earths or other planets´ atmospheres, high temperature insulations for reusable spacecrafts; HPS also develops sensors and delivers thermal protection elements ready for integration into launchers.

Special features of those particularly cost-efficient services are: light weight, configuration of materials as well as processes individually tailormade to customer specifications.

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Ablators (Expandable)

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Features:

  • Ablator material development for different entry profiles
  • Ablator dimensioning, design and analysis
  • Planning, controlling and evaluation of chracterisation tests in Plasma test facilities

High Temperature Insulation (Re-usable)

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Medium Temperature Insulation Package (HPI-1000):

  • Max. Shingle Temp.: 1.000°C for 1.200 sec
  • Max. Cold Structure Temp.: 170°C
  • Location: Windward surfaces
  • Lifetime: 50 re-entries, 15 years
  • Thickness: 40 mm
  • Weight: < 4 kg/m2

High Temperature Insulation Package (HPI-1600):

  • Max. Shingle Temp.: 1.600°C for 1.200 sec
  • Max. Cold Structure Temp.: 170°C
  • Location: Nose Cap/Leading Edges
  • Lifetime: 50 re-entries, 15 years
  • Thickness: 80 mm
  • Weight: < 8 kg/m2

Thermal Protection

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Features:

  • Thermal protection design, procurement, machining, glueing and surface finishing
  • Tailoring, sewing and integration of multi-layer thermal protections for aircraft and space applications (see also under Multi-Layer Insulation)
  • Reference: Thermal protection of a camera housing on VEGA-launcher

Sensors

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Features:

  • Assembly service: material plates cutting and machining, sensor implementation into ablator material
  • Development of lightweight flight sensors and measurement techniques for planetary entry probes and vehicles monitoring (lead by HPS Germany in contract to ESA in collaboration with HTG, IRS, DLR and Airbus-F)
  • Integration services