Consortium

Project coordinator

KU LEUVEN

A leading European University which conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. The Centre for Mathematical Plasma Astrophysics (CmPA) is currently researching MHD phenomena.

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Project coordinator

Dr. Andrea Lani

Dr. Lani will contribute as Project Coordinator. As Coolfluid project manager and lead developer, he will actively contribute to the further development, verification, validation and deployment of the multi-fluid plasma solver for MHD-enabled heat flux and radio-blackout calculations. Finally, he will also contribute to the dissemination.

management activity

Prof. Dr. Stefaan Poedts

main developer radio blackout analysis tool

Mr. Vincent Fitzgerald Giangaspero

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Dominique De Mets

Post Doctoral Researcher

Vatsalya Sharma

project dissemination

NEUTRON STAR SYSTEMS

A German Start-Up specialising in the development and commercialisation of superconductor-based systems for space applications. NSS brings a strong heritage of marketing and dissemination in the area of high-tech innovation.

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project dissemination

Manuel La Rosa Betancourt

Manuel will establish the contacts with stakeholders from academia/industry potentially interested in MEESST technology.

Marcus Collier-Wright

Jaime Martin Lozano

Eudys Guevara

UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG

Leading European university conducting fundamental and applied research in the area of computer, communication and information sciences. The department is active in different research areas especially related to computational modelling.

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Dr. Jan Thoemel

Dr. Thoemel, with his colleagues at the university of Luxembourg, will be conducting the research into the physics-based blackout modeling. This encompasses the extension of the raytracing algorithm and its applications to account for magnetic fields and the computation of the effective radiation pattern accounting for the plasma. Such is a missing information for reentry vehicle designers and allows optimal antenna placement.

Dr. Juan Carlos Merlano Duncan

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

The Astronautics Group is one of several world-class research groups at the University of Southampton, whose activities cover a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research in the field of space physics and spacecraft engineering.

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DR. MIN KWAN KIM

Dr Kim will lead the project on US. Thus, he will lead the extension and code-to-code comparison of plasma models and simulation tools. He will also contribute the validation and modelling tasks though his expertise in re-entry blackout and magnetic head shield. He will also support the overall project management and dissemination.

Prof Neil D Sandham

Nathan Donaldson

Thomas Greenslade

ABSOLUT SYSTEM

A French SME specialising in the development and production of both standardised and tailor-made cryogenic solutions for space applications.

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julien tanchon

Mr. Tanchon will lead the project on Absolut System side and thus will lead the cryogenic block development (conception, realization and tests). He will also participate to the global management.

trade-off and modelling activities

Jerome Lacapere

VON KARMAN INSTITUTE FOR FLUID DYNAMICS

Research institute in Brussels with a strong heritage in the investigation of atmospheric entry relevant flow physics. They have participated in many European research and technology programs contributing with experiments and numerical tools.

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Dr. Thierry Magin

Dr. Magin will contribute as work package manager on the side of VKI. The relevant physico-chemical models identified in Task 1 will be implemented in the MUTATION++ library. The latter provides thermodynamic and transport properties for ionized gases, however, the design of the library ensures that these properties can be computed for a wide range of mixtures, including those with multiple phases. He will also contribute to dissemination.

experimental support

Dr. Bernd Helber

Work Package Manager

Dr. Alan Viladegut

KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

A public research university and one of the largest research and educational institutions in Germany. KIT is a leading institute in the field of High Temperature Superconductor development, research, and applications.

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Dr. Sonja Schlachter

Dr. Schlachter will take the role as the KIT project manager and as coordinator of activities. She has been involved in a previous project on radio blackout mitigation (COMBIT) in which she was responsible for the development of an HTS magnet and its cryogenic system and for the operation of the magnet during the plasma experiments. Based on her experience with the previous project she will contribute to the development of the high-temperature superconducting magnet and to the integration in the cryostat system.

R&D coordination

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Noe

HTS Magnet Design and Testing

Dr. Rainer Gehring

UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART, INSTITUTE OF SPACE
SYSTEMS

Offers wide research in the field of Space Technology and Astronautic Appliances. It has contributed to atmospheric entry experiments: HERMES; EXPRESS; MIRKA; X-38, HUYGENS, EXPERT; Miriam 2, REXUS.

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Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Georg Herdrich

Herdrich will be the project Scientific Coordinator, leading and managing the experimental and numerical activities for MEESST at IRS and leading, which focuses on validating computational tools against the experimentally obtained data.

Numerical Simulations

Jasmine Giacomelli

Experimental Simulations

Lukas Ackermann

Experiment Support

Alexander Behnke

Experiment Support

Adam S. Pagan

THEVA

The largest producer of commercial High-Temperature Superconductors in Europe. It’s Pro-Line wire transports 200 times more current then copper – and with practically no power loss.

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Veit Große

Veit Große will coordinate the definition and qualification of the coated conductors for the coils.

 Dr. Anis Smara

AEDS

Advanced Engineering Design Solutions is a consulting company active in various fields of the engineering world including computational fluid dynamics and aerothermodynamics. It is in close collaboration with relevant EPFL research units.

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Dr. Angelo Casagrande

Radiation database interfacing with the experimental and computational data fields from the MEEST partners that give as inputs the solution atmospheric trajectory points and corresponding thermodynamic state, and the ionization levels. Extraction at specific Lines of Sights (LOS). Estimation of radiation levels using open source databases that include ionized species.

Dr. Pénélope Leyland

Mr. Michele Gaffuri