FP7/Space-2011-1/283797 “Hybrid ablative development for re-entry in planetary atmospheric thermal protection”, 1/2/2012 – 28/2/2015

The objective of this project is the development and testing of another type of TPS, one based on a layer of fibre-reinforced carbon composite (C/C) overlayed by a phenolic ablator (ASTERM). The new system is aimed at further reducing the mass of the TPS for planetary exploration probes. The laboratory will deal with mechanical  testing of the joints and bonds between the materials.

The project is coordinated by the research centre TECNALIA (Es) and brings together 10 partners from 7 European countries.