Spaceship FR Project: How to interface with the different actors to contribute to Space Exploration and Human Spaceflight?



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2024 International Conference on Environmnetal Systems


To achieve our collective objectives for this new era of Space Exploration, multiple actors across the Space Sector have launched initiatives to support the advancement of scientific research and technology development. These advancements have enabled the space industry to thrive in new development environments, increasing the Technology Readiness Level of innovative space technology concepts that will have a critical role in future space missions. In 2019, CNES (French Space Agency) decided to support these efforts through "Spaceship FR", establishing a collaboration with European Space Agency (ESA) under the Exploration Preparation Research and Technology (ExPeRT) initiative, which is part of Terra Novae 2030+ Program. This action created a network of working groups, "Spaceships", which operates as agile innovative environments, efficiently studying new operational concepts and technologies with controlled and shared costs, connecting experts from space agencies, research entities, academia, and the private sectors. In addition, thanks to its wide range of multidisciplinary collaborators, Spaceship FR acts as a liaison between the space and non-space sectors, enabling terrestrial applications for Space Technologies and vice-versa. Today, the Spaceship FR team is rapidly gaining relevance as a key European asset for advancing space exploration technologies, alongside its counterparts in Germany (Spaceship-EAC) and the UK (Spaceship-ECSAT). This paper aims to present the progress made by the Spaceship FR team, including how Spaceship FR contributes to Space Exploration and Human Spaceflight based on its three core objectives (Inspire, Federate and Support). It also describes how the team collaborates with different space actors through R&T studies and incubation initiatives, discussing progress accomplished and future projects. Lastly, this paper addresses the future strategy especially how to devise a worldwide strategy to jointly define standards and requirements for the future lunar and Martian missions.


Gregory Navarro, Centre National d’tudes Spatiales (CNES), France
Marie-Christine Desjean, Centre National d’tudes Spatiales (CNES), France
Alexis Paillet, Centre National d’tudes Spatiales (CNES), France
Jean Blouvac, Centre National d’tudes Spatiales (CNES), France
Sebastien Barde, CNES CADMOS, France
ICES307: Collaboration, Education Outreach, and Public Engagement
The 53rd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on 21 July 2024 through 25 July 2024.


Exploration, Interfacing actors, Spaceship FR