European Space Agency

Case Studies:

ESA – Airbags for Small Landers: Design

For the Airbag design activity, Vorticity in partnership with TNO-CGG Technologies, Airborne Systems and the University of Leeds, has performed a number of tasks leading to a design and development plan for an airbag system capable of meeting the requirements of the mission. Initial tasks focused on developing and refining […]

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Thales/ESA – ExoMars Probe Aerodynamics and Aerothermal Analysis

Probes of the shapes used for all Mars missions are dynamically unstable at low supersonic and transonic speeds, exhibiting increasing pitch oscillation amplitudes.

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Thales/ESA – ExoMars Parachute

Ensuring a successful parachute system is a vital element of the design of the ExoMars 2016 mission. Vorticity has responsibility for the parachute system performance, oversight of parachute system design and system level testing.

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ESA – Alternative Descent and Landing Systems

Descent and landing are two of the most challenging aspects of placing a probe on the Martian surface. Vorticity primed this study of the design and analysis of descent and landing systems for an ExoMars class lander including parachutes, retro rockets, lateral velocity control rockets and vented airbag system.

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SSTL/ESA – Venus Entry Probe

Vorticity completed a system analysis of a Venus entry probe for the European Space Agency which would deploy a balloon system to analyse the Venusian atmosphere.

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SSTL/ESA – Earth Re-entry Vehicle Demonstrator Pre-Phase A

As part of the Mars Sample Return mission it was necessary to develop an Earth re-entry vehicle demonstrator (EVD) to verify the ability to return samples of Martian soil safely to Earth without risk of microbial contamination of the Earth.

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ESA – Europa Microprobe

Vorticity adopted several approaches to the problem of simulating the high speed impact of a spherical metal probe with the ice surface of Europa.

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ESA – Huygens Descent Control Sub-System (DCSS)

Members of the Vorticity team were responsible for the delivery of the Huygens Descent Control Sub-System (DCSS), the three stage parachute system that decelerated and controlled the descent of the Huygens probe through the Titan’s atmosphere.

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ESA – Mercury Landing Technologies

Working in collaboration with the ESA’s BepiColombo team, Vorticity designed the airbag system for the BepiColombo surface element.

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