ReDSHIFT H2020 Consortium

Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara” – IFAC-CNR

IFAC is the Project coordinator. More over the main tasks of IFAC will be: the modelling and simulation of the debris environment long term evolution, the study of the dynamical solutions for de-orbiting and the dissemination of the project results. The Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara (IFAC) is an institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR),the largest governmental research organization in Italy. IFACs main aim is to carry out frontier research in physics at an international level and, at the same time, to develop new technologies and methodologies that could be effectively transferred to the economic system. The approaches involved are theoretical, experimental and applied research.

Belstead Research

Within ReDSHIFT Belstead Research will manage the specification and design of 3D printed components and spacecraft architectures, used to promote spacecraft demise on re-entry. BRL will also work with DLR to define a material test campaign to assess the performance of the resulting components at DLR’s L2K arc-heated wind tunnel. Throughout ReDSHIFT BRL will provide simulation and engineering support using its suite of re-entry tools. Belstead Research is an engineering consultancy specialising in the aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics of atmospheric entry, vehicle fragmentation and debris demise. It works with ESA and systems integrators to deliver insight into re-entry dynamics, material demise and clean space initiatives.

German Aerospace Center DLR – Supersonic and Hypersonic Technology Department

The DLR is responsible for the demisability testing that will be performed in the frame of the ReDSHIFT project. The high enthalpy facilities of the Supersonic and Hypersonic Technology Department with its high expertise achieved in several similar campaigns will be used perform and analyse the demisability tests under realistic re-entry conditions. DLR is the national aeronautics and space research center of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space program. DLR is also the umbrella organization for the nation’s largest project management agency.
The Supersonic and Hypersonic Technology Department is an experimental facility with several wind tunnels spanning the complete range from low subsonic to hypersonic speeds. Furthermore the facility has two high enthalpy wind tunnels that are frequently used for testing ablators and ceramics for thermal shielding of space craft and rockets as well as material demisability.


Within ReDSHIFT DEIMOS Space is mainly involved in three main tasks: the review and analysis of current, planned and future debris removal methodologies (active, passive, design for demise, etc.) and policies; the coordination of the software development process aimed at the implementation of an holistic simulator and its integration; the creation and maintenance of dissemination media (twitter, facebook, project web page) and the dissemination of the activities achievements throughout participation to workshops and conferences.

Deimos New Logo DEIMOS Space specialises in the design, engineering and development of solutions and systems integration in the aerospace,​ satellite systems, remote sensing,​ information systems and telecommunications network sectors.​ With more than 500 employees, DEIMOS Space provides technological solutions for the following markets Aeronautics, Aerospace,​ Defence, Transport, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications and Security.

DEIMOS Castilla La Mancha

Deimos Castilla La Mancha contributes with the spacecraft platform and with the technology review, system requirements and system specification at space system integrator level. In addition Elecnor Deimos Satellite Systems will also assume the specification and conduction of the integration of the prototypes, the test campaigns and validation that the spacecrafts must pass in order to achieve a space qualification. Elecnor Deimos Satellite Systems will provide qualified, experienced personnel and facilities for the integration and functional testing of the system.

Deimos New Logo Deimos Castilla La Mancha is a technology company of the Elecnor Group. Since its conception, the company has been involved in ESA and European Commission Programmes, in particular in Earth Observation and Space Technology Development. Deimos Castilla La Mancha main role is space systems integrator.


PHS Space

PHS Space will undertake the following main tasks within ReDSHIFT: evaluate the debris impact survivability of the new spacecraft platform deorbiting design concepts using the SHIELD3 impact risk analysis tool; examine possibilities for the standardisation of new design concepts and manufacturing techniques emerging from the project, and propose these to ISO.

PHS-Space_logo PHS Space Ltd (PHS) is a small UK-based consultancy company (SME) whose principal, Dr Hedley Stokes, has worked on various aspects of the space debris problem for over 20 years. Founded in 2006, the company provides specialist knowledge and expertise in the following areas: space debris impact risk assessment using an in-house software tool called SHIELD3; design and optimisation of impact protection on spacecraft; production of space debris mitigation standards; development of patented space debris mitigation technologies.

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton ReDSHIFT team comprises Dr. Scott Walker (Associate professor, project leader) and Dr. Hugh Lewis (Senior lecturer), from the Astronautics Research Group and Dr. Shoufeng Yang (Associate professor) from the Engineering Materials Group within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. The team will recruit two postdoctoral research fellows.
From the technology side the University of Southampton team will work on the definition of the preliminary design of the proposed novel disposal technologies (WP4) and the 3D printing of prototypes for tests. In the final phase the detailed spacecraft design will be produced within the University of Southampton 3D printing facilities (WP5). The University of Southampton (SOTON), member of prestigious Russell Group of UK Universities, is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom, with more than 19,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 postgraduates and it is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS world university rankings 2014-15). The University of Southampton is recognised for conducting cutting-edge research, participating in a high number of collaborative research projects (within the Framework Programme and H2020) and industrial collaborations (e.g. European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, SSTL, Rolls-Royce, Lloyd’s Register, Microsoft and Network Rail). The Faculty of Engineering and the Environment has a long successful track record in international research projects, including 84 EU FP7 projects. The Astronautics Research Group, that hosts the ReDSHIFT team, has a range of research specialisations including space environment, space debris, space weather, near Earth objects, orbital dynamics, mission analysis and trajectory design, control systems, spacecraft structures and mechanisms, electric propulsion, and algorithms for global remote sensing downstream services and Earth observation.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The AUTH research team for ReDSHIFT consists of Kleomenis Tsiganis (Assistant Professor, Group Leader), George Voyatzis (Associate Professor), a Post-doctoral Researcher and a PhD student (Despoina Skoulidou). The AUTH team participates mainly in WP3 (Dynamics), together with the IFAC and SOTON teams, having the roles of Task Leader for the work related to phase-space stability and resonance analysis of satellite orbits (Tasks 3.1 and 3.2). The AUTH team is hence responsible for the milestone deliverable D3.1 (Dynamical mapping of Earth Orbits) that will serve as input for the WPs that follow. The AUTH team will also participated in WP5 (Software development and testing) and WP6 (dissemination and outreach). The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh, est. 1925) is the largest academic institution in Greece, hosting 13 Faculties, 37 Schools/Departments and nearly 250 divisions and laboratories, among which the Division of Mechanics of the Department of Physics that hosts the ReDSHIFT team members. During the last 15 years AUTh has successfully implemented nearly 5,000 research and educational programmes, in which participated over 10,000 University staff members and external collaborators. The administration of these projects is handled by the Research Committee (RC) of AUTh.
The Division of Mechanics of AUTh has a long tradition of top-level research on celestial mechanics and solar system dynamics, with over 400 scientific publications in international refereed journals since the late 1960’s and international recognition. Two of its former directors have served as chairmen of the respective IAU Commission. The members of this Divison have participated in several research programmes, funded by national/EU agencies, focused on applications of dynamical systems theory on problems of celestial mechanics and planetary/asteroid/satellite dynamics.

Institute of Space Systems, TU Braunschweig

The Institute of Space Systems’ role in the ReDSHIFT project is to perform a critical analysis of the proposed technologies and solutions by investigating their impact during long-term projections of the evolution of the space debris environment. It will support to critically analyze current mitigation guidelines in regards to their limits in applicability and to draft improved mitigation practices. Furthermore, the Institute of Space Systems will contribute to the design and implementation of the envisaged software tool. The Institute of Space Systems is part of the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. The institute is most commonly known for its the ESA-MASTER and ESA-DRAMA software. It is subdivided into two research groups: Space Debris and Satellite Technology. The work of the Space Debris focuses on the modeling of the space debris environment, its long-term projection, high-precision orbit prediction and determination with uncertainties and re-entry analyses. The Satellite Technology team examines the active removal of space debris, with research covering the areas of orbit and attitude control of spacecraft, docking with non-cooperative targets, development, testing and operation of small satellites, and the development of novel docking mechanisms.

Institute for Air and Space Law of the University of Cologne

The contribution of the Institute for Air and Space Law at the University of Cologne will be in charge of investigating the present limitations and deficiencies in the enforcement and application of the existing regulations and mitigation measures. UC will help in defining effective legal and political instruments to maximize the applicability and the effects of the proposed new mitigation measures stemming from the project results and will be instrumental in reaching and informing the main international forums on space law and politics to spread the knowledge and understanding of the proposed measures. The Institute of Air and Space Law of the University of Cologne is the oldest institution of its kind in the world and carries out analytical studies and provides legal opinions in the field of air and space law upon request from government departments, international organizations as well as on behalf of private companies and law firms.

University of Padova

The University of Padova (UPD) will be involved in design (spacecraft shielding)and technology development (HVI experiments and study of radiation effects on materials and circuits) work packages. The University of Padova participates to the RedSHIFT consortium with two different departments and one research center. The Department of Industrial Engineering (DII), coordinating and promoting research in many fields as Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, as well as industrial technology transfer initiatives; the Department of Information Engineering (DEI), promoting research activities related to many fields, e.g. Electronics, Telecommunications along with Computer Science and Control Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Speech and Music Analysis and Synthesis, Physical Electronics, and Electromagnetism; the Space Center “Giuseppe Colombo” (CISAS) whose mission is to promote, coordinate and perform space research which can develop interdisciplinary education and collaboration among people involved in basic science, engineering as well as industrial applications. The major fields of expertise and the consequent activities of CISAS are broken down into the following main areas: P/L instruments design, developing and testing, Space Optics, Space Structures, System Engineering, Impact Physics, Space Propulsion, Space Robotics, Planetary Sciences, Orbital Dynamics and Space Navigation.

Politecnico di Milano

The Politecnico di Milano ReDSHIFT team comprises Prof. Camilla Colombo (Associate professor, project leader), Prof. Franco Bernelli Zazzera (Full professor), Dr. Ioannis Gkolias (Research fellow) and Dr. Narcis Miguel Banos (Research fellow). The Politecnico di Milano team plays an important role in characterising the orbital dynamics of the LEO to GEO space to identify natural end-of-life trajectories (WP3). PoliMi team defines the possibilities for disposal option from GEO region through transfers to graveyard or re-entry exploiting the natural perturbations. Moreover, we have identified technological solutions to fully exploit “de-orbiting highways”, by using of solar and drag sails so enhancing the natural effects of solar radiation pressure and atmospheric drag. PoliMi is deeply involved in the development of the software tool, in particular the disposal module from GEO and the sail module (WP6), the critical analysis of the environment, mitigation, and definition of revised debris mitigation guidelines (WP2) and has a primary role in the project dissemination (WP7). From the technology side the Politecnico di Milano team works on the definition of the preliminary design of the proposed novel disposal technologies (WP4) including solar sail and drag sail technologies. The scientific community of Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) is constituted by more than 1300 professors and research fellows, who are employed in advanced research activities at a national and international level. According to QS World University Rankings 2018, Politecnico di Milano ranked the 17th position worldwide in the area of Engineering and Technology. It is the first Italian university entering the QS ranking among the top 30 technical universities on a world scale. The university’s scientific research has always been oriented toward innovation and quality and seeks to forge a strong relationship with the business and productive world, through technological transfers. Being attuned to the needs of the industrial sector helps research to continuously explore new areas and stay at the leading edge. The Aerospace Science and Technology Department (DAER) of Politecnico di Milano has active research activities and strong expertise in the area of Space Engineering with a wide network of international collaborations, such as the European Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency, NASA, many universities and companies and it is funded also by European Commission grants such as H2020 and ERC grants. Within the department, the Space Missions Engineering laboratory performs theoretical, numerical and experimental researches in the area of space engineering. The experience in theoretical researches related to space problems such as spacecraft design, astrodynamics, orbital mechanics and control, mission planning/scheduling, on-board autonomy, planetary exploration, trajectory optimisation, image processing, navigation, control, and filtering were developed.