Airbus Crisa’s participation in demanding missions to the Sun and Moon, to the planets and out into deep space are helping answer such fundamental questions as how were the Earth and other planets formed…is there other life in the solar system…and what happened after the Big Bang?

 

The space probes that are unraveling these mysteries rely on mission-critical equipment and systems from Airbus Crisa for power management, monitoring and analysis, control electronics and processing.

Juice

JUICE

Exploration


Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) will make detailed observations of Jupiter`s environment and three of its largest moons; Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

Airbus Crisa contribution:

Airbus Crisa has designed the explorer’s power subsystem, a key instrument to grant the mission’s success.

It was a gratifying achievement to finish this project due to the major challenges it presented. Some of them include the high radiation levels surrounding Jupiter, its distance from the Sun, the required electromagnetic emissions and the digital control of the converters that manage the energy provided by the vehicle´s solar panels.

HALO

HALO

Moon Gateway


HALO (Habitation And Logistics Outpost) forms part of the Gateway space station, designed to orbit the Moon for at least 15 years.

Airbus Crisa contribution:

Proud to contribute on man’s return to the Moon, Airbus Crisa is designing and manufacturing HALO’s power management system.

All the energy used by the space station and its visiting vehicles is managed by our system, with a max capacity of 32kW, a highly reliable architecture and autonomous failure compensation, regarding at all times the requirements for a manned flight.

The system is highly configurable once in orbit to perfectly adapt operation parameters during the different phases of the mission.

Image credit: Northrop Grumman

Rovers

Rovers

Mars Mission


Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers are exploring Mars’ climate, geology, habitability capability and evidence of past life through the gathering and preservation of samples of interest for a future Mars Sample Return mission.

Airbus Crisa contribution:

Airbus Crisa designed and developed the Curiosity’s Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS), which plays a master role for studying the environmental conditions and assessing surface habitability by measuring the ultraviolet radiation reaching the surface.

MEDA is the Perseverance counterpart. The Mars Environmental Dynamic Analyser is a comprehensive meteorological station, including radiation and dust sensors to characterize the Martian dust distribution and properties. This information helps scientist understand ongoing weather patterns and prepare future plans for human and robotic missions to Mars. 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

MSR

MSR

Power & Propulsion


There are two missions under development for the return of the samples gathered by the Perseverance rover:

First, a surface mission consisting of a lander with a Sample Fetch Rover and a Mars Ascent Vehicle to retrieve the samples and launching them into Mars orbit.

Secondly, an Earth Return Orbiter will go to Mars to collect the samples container bringing them to Earth.

Airbus Crisa contribution:

Airbus Crisa plays a main role in the ERO mission, providing the Power Propulsion Units that control the ion-gridded engine propelling the orbiter on its way back to Earth. We also provide the electronics that control and condition the electrical power of the satellite.