Systems and Technologies for Space Exploration
In R&D, Vastalla has taken part in STEPS – Systems and Technologies for Space Exploration project. STEPS has been a very large R&D project (about 20 MEuro) whose leader was Thales Alenia Space. Other partners are part of the project: among them the Politecnico of Turin, the University of Turin, the University of Eastern Piedmont, ALTEC and other qualified SMEs.
This Space project, which lasted for over three years and was co-financed by Piedmont Region using European funds, aimed to study new technologies that may be used in the robotic or human space exploration, with particular attention to Moon and Mars exploration.
Vastalla was responsible for activities in two work packages:
- WP 1.D – this work package was focussed on developing new methodologies and IT support tools to multidisciplinary engineering design;
- WP 1.I – this work package aimed to develop an innovative Human Machine Interface fit for a Moon or Mars exploration mission.
An important outcome for WP 1.D activities was the following technical paper presented in Tolouse (France) during “SAE 2011 Aerotech Congress & Exhibition”‘s session dedicated to Systems Engineering:
S. T. Chiadò (Vastalla), V. Basso e M. Pasquinelli (Thales Alenia Space), L. Quinale (Vastalla) – “A Step Closer to Model Based System Engineering: Advanced IT Support Tools for Concurrent Preliminary Design of Space Projects”, Paper number: 2011-01-2710, 18th October 2011.