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The main objective of the project is to develop a new reusable solution based on multifunctional hybrid concept with very high insulation and environmental protection capability during the atmospheric re-entry and the ability to reach a TRL level between 4 and 5 at the end of the project.

From this premise it is planned to achieve the following technical targets:

  • Develop a multilayer concept with the ability to obtain multifunctional properties: high emissivity, insulation capability, oxidation protection, high toughness and damage tolerance.
  • Suitable joining among the different parts and materials to form the a technology sample solution.
  • Proof-of technology sample concept to satisfy the needs of TPS end users.
  • Validate the technology sample in a ground testing, which simulates and reproduces with high accuracy the space re-entry.
  • Obtain a solution able to survive at least to 10 re-entries with minor repairs.
  • Reduced maintenance and failure probability during the re-entry, due to the substitution of stand-offs and bolts by bonded joints.
  • Achieve a technology readiness level (TRL) between 4 and 5 after the complete testing of the technology sample.
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