research and development of advanced energy storage and thermal management technologies that will increase the
viability of small missions and systems in deep space and planetary exploration environments.
Energy storage and thermal control are significant issues for small missions to deep space and planetary surfaces, and the
Moon in particular presents especially demanding environmental constraints, from massive temperature swings between
searing hot lunar days and cryogenic lunar nights, to highly varying solar illumination conditions that limit power generation
The “Advanced Thermal & Energy Storage for Micro & Nano Missions” project is aimed at investigating, analyzing and
testing key components of the solution to this problem. Canadensys will lead a team of experts from across Canada and
the US on the project which is intended to run through early 2016.
“We are on the cusp of such an exciting tipping point in the international exploration and development and of space”, said
Dr. Nadeem Ghafoor, VP of Space Exploration at Canadensys Aerospace, “with many of the advances in miniaturization
and commercialization that have so transformed EO and Sat Com over the last few years, now starting starting to extend
into initiatives beyond earth orbit”.
“Small systems not only are accepted as having a role to play in future space architectures, they are in some cases critical
enablers. The shift is quite palpable, and the potential for increasing the pace of space exploration is tantalizing. At the
same time there are some harsh realities that face small missions – unfortunately the physics is against you in several
ways. The next generation of small missions must tackle environments previously only faced by much larger missions,
several of which overcame the challenge via brute force, such as nuclear sources or heavy battery reserves.”
“For us, finding ways to help small missions operate and survive long enough to be useful – be it scientifically or
commercially – can deliver huge returns downstream and we are thrilled to be awarded this Contribution Agreement by
CSA. We look forward to working with our team on this exciting development and help open up an entirely new value
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