Funding awarded for sustainable space technologies

Source: The Engineer

Thursday, 13 October 2022

Companies developing technologies to help reduce the impact of human activity in space are to receive over £110,000 in funding from Nottingham University’s Aerospace Unlocking Potential (UP) programme.

The £20m Aerospace UP initiative was established to assist small companies develop new solutions to making aviation greener.

Three companies are to receive funding to progress a satellite de-orbiting solution, an alternative to metal propulsion tanks, and technology to monitor, detect and analyse more complex particulates.

Space Resources Laboratory’s Project Aryabhat is developing a propulsion system that consists of a thruster, fuel tank and avionics control system that can be fitted into a satellite and deliver de-orbiting capabilities and minimising the remains left in orbit at the end of the spacecraft’s life cycle.

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