TitleIRENE (Italian Re-Entry NacellE)
Project id.89
Reference sectorAEROSPACE
IP Protection LevelALI has a patent application n. RM2015A000077, entitled "OPENING SERVOMECHANISM FOR AEROSPACE PLATFORMS AND MECHANICAL COMPONENTS".The international application number PCT / IB2016 / 050909 was presented on 19 February 2016 and was published on 25 August 2016
Description of the innovation project The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been supporting since 2010 a research programme performed by ALI, called IRENE “Italian RE-entry NacellE” to develop a low-cost re-entry capsule, whose innovative characteristics are the heat-shield opening mechanism (umbrella-like configuration) - covered by an international patent - and the (off the shelves) material used for the thermal protection. The TPS materials, selected for the nose cone and for the flexible umbrella shield, were preliminarily tested in the SCIROCCO PWT (Plasma Wind Tunnel) at CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali) of Capua, Italy.
State of dev.Prototype
Industrial applicationAerospace - The re-entry capsule, IRENE, will be able to return payloads from the ISS to Earth and/or to perform short-duration, scientific missions in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and/or to perform Earth Observation missions.
Market segmentInternationally, space agencies, are strongly engaged in research and development on problems of hypersonic flight and atmospheric re-entry, both as regards unmanned capsules , intended for the recovery of experimental samples from the International Space Station (ISS) or exploration missions, both for re-entry missions with inhabited vehicles.
Advantage factorThe main innovation of the IRENE mission is the presence of a flexible, deployable shield (umbrella-like mechanism), with the following advantages: • Easier integration of SMS in the launcher • Considerably lower ballistic parameter at re- entry
Commercial challengeAn umbrella-like system of this type represents an innovative radical type of technology in the sector of small re-entry space platforms. The national industry has already competed in European programs for activities aimed at creating re-entry platforms, but so far, both in Italy and in Europe, a vehicle has not yet been built, with technological and reuse, similar to the demonstrator of the proposed project.
Publications and Customer Refereces[RD-17] R. Savino, R. Aurigemma, V. Carandente, P. Dell'Aversana, L. Gramiccia, J. Longo, L. Marraffa. F., Punzo. Study and development of a sub-orbital re-entry demonstrator. J. British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 62, n. 2, 74-81 (2014) [RD-20] E. Bassano, R. Savino, C. Richiello, G. Russo, R. Aurigemma, F. Punzo “IRENE - ITALIAN RE-ENTRY NACELLE FOR MICROGRAVITY EXPERIMENTS” ; 62 nd International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, SA And others...

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