Fourth European workshop on thermal protection systems for space vehicles

November 20, 2002

Brussels, 19 Nov 2002

The European Space Agency's (ESA) fourth European workshop on hot structures and thermal protection systems (TPS) for space vehicles will be held from 26 to 29 November in the Sicilian capital Palermo.

The event will bring together global representatives from industry, research centres, universities, and national and international space agencies to review progress and future activities in this field of technology.

'In this [area] Europe [...] is making a significant effort to select the requirements for new generation space transportation systems, the main goal being to reduce the costs of access to space,' explains Giorgio Tumino, ESA's Head of hot structures and thermal protection systems.

The conference will look particularly at problems of analysis, design, fabrication, testing and use of hot structures and TPS as part of the wider effort to develop lightweight, reusable spacecraft that will reduce the cost of space travel.

Europe is at the leading edge of innovation in this field, as evidenced by its contribution to the development of TPS for the joint ESA/NASA X38 experimental vehicle, considered to be among the most advanced in existence.

For further information, please consult the following web address: http://www.estec.esa.nl/conferences/02C0 2/index.html

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2001

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns