Haydale has been awarded a technology de-risking project by the European Space Agency (ESA), to develop non-metallic gas tanks for spacecraft propulsion systems. This activity is alongside ISP International Space Propulsion Ltd through the ESA ARTES Competitiveness & Growth, in conjunction with UK Space Agency.
The recent market growth of small spacecraft constellations has created a challenge within the existing space propulsion supply chain for low-cost reliable components, which meet the rapid delivery schedule and support the on-going reduction of orbital debris. With the constellation market set to increase rapidly, the development of components that meet these criteria is critical. Haydale’s non-metallic system offers a low-cost alternative with reduced lead time that can be offered in a wider range of configurations to exactly suit the end user requirement.
This award follows on from the successful outcome of the GSTP project in 2018 performed with ESA and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) entitled “Assessments to Prepare and De-Risk Technology Developments - Tank using Advanced Composites.” This latest project will see Haydale develop findings from the GSTP project, performing comprehensive tests to determine the best material and process for developing non-metallic gas tanks.
Upon careful consideration and selection of both material and process, Haydale will formulate and model a largely de-risked tank, prior to the manufacture of development models for full testing. This will result in the qualification for specific Spacecraft Propulsion Systems.
The role of this equipment is to store pressurised gas in a location onboard the spacecraft platform, in a manner that is intrinsically safe, and offers reliable provision of stored media, as and when required by the system. Within this equipment, the product will offer; leak-free storage and delivery on demand of all propellant and pressurised gases stored within, under specified environmental conditions and expected transient load cases; high pressure storage capabilities, with required levels of safety and reliability; highly reliable connections to the feed system and mechanical mounting;
Prominent producers of Satellite technology have been identified and are engaged in developing the specification and tank design for eventual manufacture and deployment.
Keith Broadbent, CEO, Haydale, said: “This funding will allow Haydale to develop existing knowledge in the space industry and we look forward to developing the technology alongside our partners. We are pleased to have gained the support of the Airbus DS Tank Product Group who are interested in the development of competitive non-conventional pressure vessel products, and can provide clear design drivers thanks to their invaluable expertise. With the UK space market growing, Haydale is delighted to be part of this progression.”