Helenic Association of Space Industry

New project awarded to HASI member EMTech from ESA/ESTEC

Athens, 22 September 2014: EMTech proudly announces the kick-off of new ESA/ESTEC awarded project, "Multi-Magnetometer Methods for Magnetic Dipole Modelling (AO/1-7463/13/NL/GLC)" aiming to perform an instant "snap-shot" of the magnetic signature of an equipment under test (EUT) - as all spacecraft with units or instruments are susceptible to magnetic fields - and resulting in a final proof-of-concept implementation of a multi-magnetometer setup.

EMTech considers the collaboration with the scientific community of great significance and for the purposes of the awarded project will be assisted by:
- the Wireless and Long Distance Communications Laboratory of the Division of Information Transmission Systems and Material Technology (National Technical University of Athens) headed by Professor Christos Capsalis, and
- Professor Vassilis Angelopoulos of UCLA.

Vassilis Angelopoulos, the principal investigator for THEMIS, is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and a member of the Institute of Geophysics and Space Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 20 years of experience in space physics with emphasis in magnetospheric processes. His research interests include plasma sheet transport, electromagnetic instabilities in the plasma sheet and its boundary, beam-induced ionospheric low frequency waves, substorm physics, turbulence and self-organized criticality.

 Angelopoulos is also a member of the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena California. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 publications in refereed journals on data analysis, plasma theory and space plasma phenomenology, space technology, space instrumentation and mission analysis and design.

(From NASA's website)

Prof. Vassilis Angelopoulos made the following statement:
"Almost immediately after Mr. Stelios Tsatalas of EMTech - as the proposed project manager, approached me to participate to ESTEC's ITT, I responded affirmatively. Greece needs all of its forces joined together to maximize the possibility of overcoming any existing barriers towards the way of reshaping the country by investing in research and innovation. It will be a pleasure to share my expertise as a consultant to the project's planned activities."

Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, EMTech's managing director made the following statement:
"EMTech strives for research in unexplored areas. This was the company's third effort in participating in ESTEC's activities on magnetic cleanliness, competing amongst Europe's space industry major players. I want to thank especially Prof. Christos Capsalis for believing in the team's abilities and the excellent collaboration within the tight restrains of the ITTs in which we have participated. It will also be a great honor to have Prof. Vassilis Angelopoulos aboard. Accompanied by EMTech's experienced software team and management, the team is anxiously awaiting to take on the project's challenges."

Earlier in July the project's negation meeting took place in ESTEC's headquarters in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

left to right: Mr. Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, Mr. Stelios Tsatalas and Prof. Christos Capsalis

This project adds another building block to EMTech's space focused heritage after the successful and ongoing involvement in spacecraft operational simulators. The company's introduction of a conservative Parallel Discrete Event Scheduler (cPDES) and a Performance Control and Optimization Framework (PCOF) enhances the existing ESOC simulation infrastructure and gradually establishes EMTech as one of Greece's space industry innovative players.


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