Avantage Aquitaine and the Atmospheric Reentry Association present : the 5th ARA Days, 18-20 May 2015, Arcachon, France

 

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Press Release :

Avantage Aquitaine and the Atmospheric Reentry Association present :

The 5th International ARA Days Arcachon – France, 18 -20 May 2015

 

The fifth edition of a successful event

After four successful editions of the ARA Days, the Atmospheric Reentry Association (ARA) organizes the fifth edition of this traditional Atmospheric Reentry community’s meeting.

The Conference will once again bring together in the usual friendly way, scientists from the academic community and industry, research and development engineers, delegates from prime contractors and suppliers companies, agencies and end-users representatives.

Some months after an European Space Agency Council at Ministerial level, the symposium will give the opportunity to exchange on the latest developments and projects dealing with Atmospheric Reentry.

Two main subjects : IXV vehicle and space debris reentry

2015 is for sure the year of ESA IXV vehicle. 17 years after the Atmospheric Reentry Demonstrator, Europe was back to flight last February 11th with this outstanding lifting body.

During the 3-days Conference, a special emphasis will be given to IXV mission, design and sub-systems, with hopefully flight first exploitation and lessons learned.

Knowing also about follow-on programs like PRIDE will be a must !

News from other Agencies demonstrators programs, like ESA EXPERT, DLR SHEFEX and REX are expected as well as European Union Research & Technology future projects. The question of future demonstration missions and vehicles will be clearly raised during the Conference!

The Conference will also largely debate the subject of space debris reentry :  LEO satellites at end of operational life, launchers upper stages, and also end of life of orbital servicing vehicles.

Key program’s highlights

May 18 th

  • Plenary speech : The IXV Program.

Giorgio Tumino – ESA / ESTEC (The Netherlands)

  • IXV Project – Project and mission overview.

Roberto Angelini – Thales Alenia Space (Italy)

May 19th

  • IXV flight model exhibition.

A visit to Herakles premises is organized for all participants, where the flight vehicle will be presented.

May 20th

  • Reentry Projects perspectives.

José Longo – ESA / ESTEC (The Netherlands) “Which Technologies for reentry need Europe after the success of IXV. Arguments for a reentry roadmap ?”

  • Future missions.

Kazuhisa Fujita, JAXA (Japan) “Japan’s Mars rover mission for technology demonstration and life search”.

Please find hereafter the detailed program of the 3-days Conference.

Information

Location : Palais des Congrès d’Arcachon – Bd Veyrier Montagnères – 33120 Arcachon – France

Dates : May 18-20, 2015.

Organization

ARA Days is organized by Avantage Aquitaine.

Avantage Aquitaine is organizing technical and scientific Conferences for Research & Industry since 10 years.

For further information :  www.avantage-aquitaine.com

Contact :

Jean-François BELON – Mob : (+33) 681 422 395 – Email : jfb@avantage-aquitaine.com

Registration

Registration form is available on line :

http://www.avantage-aquitaine.com/conferences/ARA_2015/index.html

Press Relations

Emmanuelle PANGAUD – Mob : (33) 668 069 921 – Email : vistapoint64@bbox.fr

Program Committee

Roberto ANGELINI Thales Alenia Space (Italy)
Eric ARQUIS Bordeaux University – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
Paolo BAIOCCO CNES (France)
Jean-François BELON Avantage Aquitaine (France)
Jean-Marc BOUILLY Airbus DS Space Systems – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
Javad FATEMI Airbus Defence and Space (The Netherlands)
Franco FOSSATI Aviospace (Italy)
Ludger FROEBEL Airbus DS Space Systems (Germany)
Alain LACOMBE Safran Herakles – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
Marc LACOSTE Safran Herakles – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
Thierry LEVEUGLE President – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
José LONGO European Space Agency (The Netherlands)
Pascal MOUSSIER INRIA – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
Jean MUYLAERT Von Karman Institute (Belgium)
Marcello ONOFRI La Sapienza Rome University (Italy)
Dominique PIROTAIS CEA CESTA – The Atmospheric Reentry Association (France)
Giorgio TUMINO European Space Agency (The Netherlands)
Jean-Luc VERANT ONERA (France)
Hendrik WEIHS German Aerospace Center DLR (Germany)

Appendix :

Interviews of Program Committee’s members

Roberto ANGELINI

IXV Program Manager

Space Transportation Programs – Domain Exploration & Science – Thales Alenia Space (Italy).

Since the first edition of ARA Days in 2006, you are supporting the Conference. Could you give me the main reasons for your support ?

“Since 2002 I’ve been working initially on re-entry systems studies and then on IXV. I’ve always considered the ARA Days Conference in Arcachon the natural place to present my work and share ideas and considerations with other colleagues working on re-entry topics”.

In the particular context of the successful ESA IXV mission, what are you expecting from the 5th edition of ARA Days?

“I’m expecting to be able to share our experience with the re-entry vehicles community”.

More generally, what are your expectations in terms of future demonstration programs for earth or planetary reentry vehicles ?

“Given that with IXV Europe has made an extraordinary step ahead in the re-entry domain, there is still significant work to do before arriving to a full flexible operational vehicle. It is important to pass the message (among industrialists, agencies and potential international partners) that Europe is well prepared and has all the competences to tackle also the most difficult challenges. There is the need to ensure that the IXV will be followed by a new European endeavor in the re-entry domain in order not to lose the momentum gained with the successful mission. Sharing ideas with the re-entry community to identify the potential shared next steps would be also an objective”.

What kind of technologies or system development are to be addressed in priority ?

“On one side, there are still technologies that are not available in Europe (e.g. Parachutes) that have to be procured in USA or Russia. Europe should take the decision if continuing with this approach (that might be also cost effective) or to decide to acquire full independency.

On the other side, personally I’m more interested in the overall vehicle system development and this goes back with the previous point: what is the mission and the main requirements for the next step in re-entry demonstrators that Europe wants to tackle as next step beyond IXV”.

What are for you the potential programmatic environments : National agencies, ESA, EU etc. ?

“Given the complexity of re-entry vehicle projects and the need to involve many countries in Europe to acquire all the proven technologies, on my opinion the programmatic environments is ESA/EU. Unless there is a huge push for an independent project development I do not see single National Agencies being able to manage the full development for a re-entry demonstrator but only technological developments”.

Paolo BAIOCCO

European Space Agency

Since the first edition of ARA Days in 2006, you are supporting the Conference. Could you give me the main reasons for your support?

“Mastering of re-entry is key subject to re-use and retrieve staff from space. Nowadays reutilization of both high energy and low energy spacecraft is becoming crucial for future space applications (e.g. reusable 1st stages of launchers, manned vehicles for in-orbit operations and space tourism, re-usable spacecraft for space station service, re-entry on planets other than Earth). The other important subject is the upper stages de-orbiting and debris mitigation.”

In the particular context of the successful ESA IXV mission, what are you expecting from the 5th edition of ARA Days?

“IXV is a demonstration vehicle whose main task was to prove the mastering of a complete lifting body system for re-entry in Europe. This task has been successfully accomplished. From the special ARA edition dedicated to IXV flight I expect to see a number of flight data concerning the aerodynamics, ATD, GNC, TPS (and in particular body flaps behavior and nose) that can help tuning the design of future vehicles of this kind, like PRIDE for instance.”

More generally, what are your expectations in terms of future demonstration programs for Earth or planetary reentry vehicles?

“It is important to keep and develop furthermore the knowhow of re-entry in the domains of lifting bodies (more compact and more volume allowed to payload), capsules (for Earth or other planets), mastered de-orbiting and space debris mitigation.”

What kind of technologies or system development are to be addressed in priority?

“In terms of technologies, the TPS improvement following the IXV flight can be a subject to further work on, as well as the design margin reduction for what concerns the re-entry vehicle subsystems, linked also to TPS. This is applicable both to planetary capsules and re-entry lifting bodies.

Concerning the system, the design margin refinement is a typical subject, but the design of future operational vehicles should pass through the shape design in short time and efficient/precise recovery phase. These are probably system subjects to work on further.”

What are for you the potential programmatic environments: National agencies, ESA, EU etc.?

“All these environments are adapted to develop and keep the re-entry knowhow, but it should be coordinated in order to better focus the attention to the targets of common interest for future applications.”

Javad FATEMI

Systems Engineer Structures

Airbus Defence & Space Netherlands

Since the first edition of ARA Days in 2006, you are supporting the Conference. Could you give me the main reasons for your support ?

“ARA Days event is a unique opportunity to meet the small European community dedicated to Atmospheric Re-entry Technologies in Aquitaine where the re-entry technology in Europe has its roots. The conference gathers the academia and industries and provides the opportunity to hear the latest developments in this field. Thanks to the size of the conference, interactions with participants and networking are quite effective. Last but not least, Arcachon is just the best place for this great event!”

In the particular context of the successful ESA IXV mission, what are you expecting from the 5th edition of ARA Days ?

“I hope the Prime contractor and ESA will present the latest data available from this successful mission. In particular, I’m personally interested in the performance of Thermal Protection System of IXV during reentry. Their plans for post flight analysis (current and future activities) are my interest as well.”

More generally, what are your expectations in terms of future demonstration programs for earth or planetary reentry vehicles ?

“I hope such a gathering inspires the participants to think of setting up common technology programs, where the key enabling technologies for re-entry (hypersonic vehicle) are addressed and a common technology roadmap for increasing the maturity of these technologies is presented. I believe Europe has the capabilities and potentials for this endeavor. “

What kind of technologies or system development are to be addressed in priority ?

“Obviously because of my expertise, Thermal Protection Systems and Hot Structures, and their interactions with aerothermodynamics have the highest priorities for me.”

What are for you the potential programmatic environments : National agencies, ESA, EU etc. ?

“At the moment, Dutch government does not support re-entry technologies development. Consequently, EU is the best potential programmatic environment for us.”

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