showing the continuous concern that Icpe has for the development of this field in Romania. And strange as it may seem to our specific spirit of self-flagellation, Romania, through the expertise and effort of an elite group, participates in the research programs of the European Space Agency. With imagination, consistency and effort, in this field “the sky is the limit”
“Airspace” technologies have been incorporated into Icpe’s concerns since the 1970s, integrating extensive experience in research, design, manufacture and qualification in special mechanical and climatic conditions, electromechanical components and gyroscopic systems.
A very wide range of electromechanical micro-components, were developed and manufactured in Icpe, such as gyro motors, selsine, resolver, microsin, RVDT, tachogenerators, dc & a.c. torque motors, stepper motors, special micromotors, were made of highly complex structures for 3D gyroscopes, gyro meters, dynamically tuned gyro, reaction wheels and other inertial navigation systems.
Icpe provides the DNA of movement on and off Earth surface.
Based on the constant effort of the Romanian Space Agency – ROSA, to establish cooperation agreements with primarily European international organizations such as the European Space Agency – ESA, since December 22, 2011, Romania has become the 19th Member State of the European Space Agency.
This affiliation opened excellent opportunities to address new fields of research that allowed the capitalization of the long expertise of Icpe specialists in this field of excellence (http://www.rosa.ro/index.php/ro/strategie-spatiala/comunitate-industrial).
Following the accession to ESA, the decision of the President of the A.N.C.S. for the approval of the national program of Research – Development – Innovation STAR – Space Technology and Advanced Research.
Thus, through the Romanian Space Agency as the coordinating organization of the program, national support is provided for the implementation of the Agreement between Romania and the European Space Agency on Romania’s accession to the ESA Convention.
Icpe is considered by ROSA and ESA, a reliable economic partner that is able to develop and produce components and systems for space applications (https://www.esa.int/Space_in_Member_States/Romania/Industria_spatiala)
In 2012, Icpe restarted the journey started in the ’70s, being accepted in STAR and ESA projects (https://www.icpe.ro/space_program/)
Here are some coordinates of the research, development, manufacturing and qualification of some products for the “space” field, within the STAR and ESA programs:
Year 2012 – High efficiency thermoelectric generator, with non-stationary operation.
The project proposed a new, innovative design of the thermoelectric unit.
Year 2012 – Micro-motor and rangefinder dedicated to use on nanosatellites in order to increase the existing capacities by precise attitude control and determining the interval between satellites in the context of tight orbital formations. (In team with the Institute of Space Sciences – ISS and the National Institute for Mechatronics INCDMTM)
Year 2013 – Engine manufacturing technologies for the “space” product market and certification of new manufacturing technologies for a drive system (stepper motor and driver) for space applications (In team with the Institute of Space Sciences – ISS) Year 2014 – Deployment and guidance mechanisms used on spacecraft (Teamed with Thales Alenia Space – France) Year 2015 – Reaction wheel for scientific and Earth observation applications (Teamed with Thales Alenia Space – France) Year 2017 – DC motor with limited angle used in launchers (booster) (Team S.A.B.C.A Belgium). The engine is located at SABCA for installation and testing in laboratory and environmental conditions. The development plan for this Icpe product involves qualification by 2022.
Year 2019 – Low cost brushless DC motor drive system, used in launcher applications with dedicated actuator. Icpe is responsible for the evaluation, design, manufacture of a demonstrator and measurement of functional characteristics, with the completion of the qualification in
2024 (In team S.A.B.C.A Belgium)
Year 2019 – Family of stepper motors in direct-drive structure, made in two mechanical configurations and the development of risk technology, until 2027.
Year 2020 – Realization of a metal flywheel structure for space navigation applications, through selective laser melting technology (In team with COMOTI – Romania) Year 2020 – Synchronous motors (two types) in direct-drive configuration, used for an optical telecommunications system. The development plan involves the qualification of the two engines by 2023. (Teamed with Thales Alenia Space-France)
Year 2020 – Brushless DC motor that can be integrated into a pump-motor unit (PMU) for spacecraft cooling systems. The development plan involves the qualification at the level of Engineering Model until 2022. (In team with COMOTI – Romania) Year 2021 Housing pump made of metal additive manufacturing technology, for a mechanical system for pumping fluid in a space telecommunications platform (Teamed with COMOTI – Romania)
Details about all these projects can be found by visiting https://www.icpe.ro/institute/projects/ and the regular consultation of the site https://www.icpe.ro/ offers the possibility to be up-to-date in connection with the latest news about the development of products and systems for the space field, made by Icpe but also information about participating in scientific events to promote these products.
The development of these products in Icpe implies their qualification at a higher level, of Engineering, Qualified Models, etc. general operating requirements of products (electrical, mechanical, thermal) depending on the area where the system is located (geospatial, interplanetary, interstellar), environmental (stability at very low pressures, vacuum and various types of radiation, extreme thermal cycles , constraints applicable to materials, long life) are specific to an elite field, in which you cannot participate without a substantial background.
At the same time, the ESA requirement for each product is that, starting with the first level of qualification, namely the Engineering Model, the results of research and development activities be disseminated at ESA’s annual scientific events to stakeholders in ESA Member States. These events are an opportunity to get a complete overview of recently completed activities and the opportunity to discuss them with colleagues in the space mechanism community, thus establishing new contacts to build partnerships and exchanging scientific information in space. Since 2017, the team of Icpe specialists has had an active participation in these events, the sites of the last two scientific events of ESA in the community of space mechanisms