15th June 2009
Space Research projects under the 7th Framework Programme for Research
BUILDING GMES/KOPERNIKUS AND SPACE FOUNDATIONS
Under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), 2007 - 2013 the European Commission has made EUR 1.4 billion available in support of the establishment of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES/Kopernikus) Services for Atmosphere, Emergency Response, Land, Ocean and Security, and support for Space Foundations.
Europe has been active in the space sector for several decades. Yet with the adaptation of the European Space Policy, space has gained a new momentum. Acknowledged as a strategic asset for Europe, space now features strongly in FP7, which supports the building of GMES/ Kopernikus services, and research in Space Foundations.
The AGAPAC project is one of the initiatives that are contributing to the progressive shaping of GMES/Kopernikus and the successful implementation of the European Space Policy in the area of Space Foundations.
The "Let’s embrace space" brochure provides an overview of projects supported under FP7 so far in the area of Space Research and Development.
AGAPAC - Advanced GaN Packaging
The ultimate goal of the project is to have a space compliant power micropackage able to dissipate up to 100 W of power with a maximum junction temperature of 200°C. This new micropackage technology based on innovative high thermal conductivity diamond or nano-composites will be available as an industrial supply chain for European space industry by 2010. It will cover the need for GaN based High Power Amplifiers (HPA) for space applications but also with different designs for other sectors such as base stations.
Q&A with project coordinator OLIVIER VENDIER
What do you want to achieve with this project?
In this project, AGAPAC, which stands for “Advanced GaN Packaging”, we endeavour to establish a space compatible European supply chain for packaging solutions of GaN discrete transistors and GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits by 2010.
Why is this project important for Europe?
The market for GaN transistors is expected to have a strong growth, with main turnover in 3G base station, satcom, and military. This project targets packaging for space applications to enable Europe to maintain a strong position in the highly competitive space industry.
How does your work benefit European citizens?
Involvement of “High tech” SMEs together with large industrial groups will trigger innovation at European level. In addition, it will ensure new employment opportunities for Europe, as AGAPAC targets enable technologies for next generation space systems.
Further information is available at:
Space Research and Development website, presenting the FP7 space theme:
European Space Policy website