Micro and Nano Technologies (MNT) have a large potential in space applications like communication, navigation, Earth observation and scientific mission by:
Fostering new types of scientific missions and instruments
Reducing cost, size, mass and time from mission conception to launch
Increasing performances, reliability and redundancy
Today MNT have proven themselves in Earth-based applications by showing outstanding performance and reliability figures and there are now several ESA projects and scientific missions enabled through the use of MNT.
With this 9th MNT round table, the European Space Agency (ESA) is promoting the use of state-of-the-art technologies for space applications and reporting on these experiences.
About 200 experts participated in each of the previous round-tables. The audience is expected to include members from national delegations, space agencies, space and MNT industries, research centres and universities in multiple roles as users and as providers of MNT-based equipment and systems.
The main objectives of this 9th Round-Table on Micro and Nano Technologies for space are:
Discussing recent progress in MNT
Discussing progress in packaging and integration
Discussing MNT reliability
Presenting running space qualification activities
Discussing the standardisation of MNT evaluation and qualification methodologies
Discussing the availability of commercial micro-systems
Encouraging space spin-in and spin-out activities
Consolidating and discussing ESA MNT roadmaps
The Round-Table will be the opportunity to consolidate the MNT landscape and to discuss on the additional efforts needed to concretise MNT access to space programs.
This Round Table will address Micro and Nano Technologies including: Micro Electromechanical
Systems (MEMS), Micro-Systems Technology (MST) and Nanotechnologies.
Topics particularly encouraged for MEMS and MST, are:
Flight qualification procedures and outcomes
Micro-packaging and system integration
Test, reliability and evaluation for space
Technology transfer to and from space industry
Flight feedback from in-orbit demonstration (IOD)
Usage in space projects
Since a few years, the interest of the space sector for nanotechnologies increased, confirmed by the
growing number of papers submission and dedicated session of the last ESA round tables.
Topics of particular interest in the field of Nanotechnologies are:
Nanomaterials test centres
Improvement of material intrinsic properties with nanomaterials
Characterisation of nanomaterials and nano-objects
Nanotechnologies for microelectronics and microwave devices
Nanotechnologies for power applications