- In-situ resource utilisation (‘living off the land’), materials and additive manufacturing;
- Energy production and storage
- Radiation shielding
- Simulation, virtual reality and analogues
- Robotics and human factors
- Life support, habitability and systems architecture
- Exercise hardware and countermeasure concepts
“Spaceship EAC benefits from colocation with the Cologne establishment of the DLR German Aerospace Center, plus a number of well-established partnerships with European academia and industry,’ adds Aidan Cowley, research fellow at EAC working on the project.
“One of the objectives of the NPI programme is to further expand and strengthen this network, to foster new collaborations among research institutions and diverse industrial sectors, to better serve the needs of European space exploration.”
How NI works
Once an PI proposal is selected, ESA enters into a contractual arrangement with the university or research institute concerned. The researcher in question remains a student or employee of the establishment concerned. ESA designates ‘technical officers’ to assist in elaborating proposals and ideas.
Universities and research institutions interested in participating in the EAC NPI can contact Spaceship NPI at the following email: email@example.com.
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Guillermo Gonzalo Sánchez Achutegui
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