Participation of VZLU in European space agency ESA

Role of VZLU

VZLU applies its aviation experience and several past space projects to work with the European Space Agency (ESA) on joint projects. ESA regularly lists tenders for its planned space missions. Usually larger companies that have a certain specialization in space activities, sign up for the tenders. These companies, if they are selected, become Prime contractor. For their business activity they need to hire many companies for specialized supplies of components, technologies and services.

And this is an opportunity for VZLU to act as a subcontractor, respectively contractor or subcontractor for Prime contractor who is directly responsible to ESA. Although ESA funds are public, their use through tenders has economical character it means that it is not a subsidy. Part of ESA projects, VZLU implement in a cooperation with its subsidiaries and other external partners which includes research organizations, universities or SME´s.

participation of the VZLU Group in esa projects:

ESA Missions Prime contractor Period Brief description of VZLU activities

SWARM - final phase

DTU Space, EADS Astrium, TTS

2011-2017

Maintenance of algorithms for data processing, development of microaccelerometers, vibration tests

EUCLID

5M

2014-2016

Development of mechanical parts

JUICE

5m, Frentech Aerospace

2014-2016

SHIELDING - development of the shield, MAG Boom - testing the arm of the magnetometer

FLPP - VTI

Thales Alenia Space

2011-2013

VTI-FLUTTER - Design, CFD and Flutter calculations, wind tunnel Tests on scale models

PROBA-3

ESTEC, Honeywell International, SERENUM

2011-2018

ASPIICS (Scientific Research Equipment) Coronagraph front door design, vibration and shock testing, temperature testing

VEGA

5M

2017-2018

Material and strength tests, vibration and shock tests for components for VEGA carrier rockets

ARIANE 6

MT Aerospace

2017-2020

Strength tests of components of the auxiliary rocket, so-called booster, strength analysis and structural design of rocket carrier parts

 

contact person:

Ing. Radek Lapáček, Project manager for space 
tel: +420 225 115 391, e-mail: lapacek@vzlu.cz