ESA Eyes Commercial Market Goal
By Amy Svitak , Bradley Perrett
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
Despite Eurostar 3000's flexibility, Wood says ESA's NeoSat next-generation telecom platform presents an opportunity to rethink the design to incorporate new technologies and potentially even new types of propulsion.
“We're getting to the point where we have to evolve to look at more modern materials and reevaluate the architecture of this classical design we've used for 25 years,” he says. “But it's also looking at how we optimize that payload capacity even further. We just can't keep adding floors and floors to the design because the center of gravity gets too complex.”
Vaissiere says ESA and its industry partners are weighing the potential to develop standardized equipment, such as batteries, solar arrays and propulsion system elements.
“The goal is to increase the competitiveness of the new generation, and to do that we believe we can find somewhat standardized interfaces with the equipment within some architectural systems,” Vaissiere says. “But we need to understand what is going to be standardized, what is not. It would be primarily a set of standardized equipment, and then indeed this would lead to two families of platforms replacing respectively Eurostar and Spacebus.”
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