8th ESA ROUND TABLE ON MICRO AND NANO TECHNOLOGIES FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS
ESA/ESTEC | Noordwijk, The Netherlands | 15-18 October 2012
Micro and Nano Technologies (MNT) have proven themselves in Earth-based applications such as automotive, medical, displays…, by showing outstanding performance and reliability figures. In space, MNT have a large potential in 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
There are now several MEMS products (gyroscope, pressure and flow sensors,…) that are under ESA project qualification. With this 8th 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.