The “LEA-X5” subsystem, under the technical lead of HPS and co-funded by the European H2020 program, has been integrated on assembly level successfully in the past months:
– the 5 m long deployable arm assembly by HPS,
– the 5 m diameter X-band reflector assembly by LSS.
Further partners of WeLEA are: RUAG, vH&S, INVENT, FHP, INEGI, TICRA, LUMA, HPTEX, ETAMAX, WSS, TAS-FR, OHB-DE, Airbus-DE.
These latest achievements are marking significant milestones on the road to a European Large Deployable Reflector Subsystem (LDRS). The successful completion of the LEA-X5 qualification campaign (reflector-, arm-, and subsystem-level) is targeted for Spring 2021. This will be a next step on the path forward to a non-dependent LDRS, which is ultimately planned to be hosted on the CIMR mission (satellite prime: TAS-I), which is part of the European earth observation programme Copernicus.
Within the WeLEA consortium etamax space is responsible for the analysis of the vulnerability of LEA against space debris and micro-meteoroid impacts as well as the development of the LEA EGSE software.