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16/01/2018 Copernicus Sentinel-4: Europe´s lighthouse project in space takes shape HPS Lda. ready now for manufacturing the original Flight Model´s insulation (MLI)

MTG artist impression. Copyright: OHB

Based on a budget of nearly seven billion euros Copernicus is one of the three most ambitious and advanced space programmes orchestrated by the European Commission (EC). Sentinel-4 is one of the cornerstones to this programme. It consists of two payloads to be launched on Europe´s third generation of Meteosat series of satellites with a clear mission: observing the Earth with special focus on climate and climate change monitoring. At the heart of the new Copernicus technology is an optical state-of-the-art camera operating in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared spectrum. Engineering and design of the payload are under way since 2013. At that time Europe´s industrial prime Airbus Defence & Space (Germany) alongside its subcontractor OHB (Munich, Germany) selected HPS (Munich, Germany and Porto, Portugal) as one of the leading experts for multilayer insulation (MLI) in an open Europe-wide competition under best practices-criteria; HPS is specialized on and perfectly equipped for design and production of extremely clean MLIs for optical space instruments.
The contract covers two complete sets of Flight Models of MLI for the Copernicus satellite, including almost one hundred blankets in each set at sizes ranging from 5 cm x 5 cm to larger than 1 m x 1 m. The qualification model had been delivered to OHB already in summer 2017, so that there is now the green light for the expert-team of HPS in Portugal to start manufacturing of the original Flight Models. They will be delivered to OHB in summer 2018.
Besides managing the steadily growing demand for top quality MLI, HPS has been selected lately as the leader of a European consortium for design, engineering, and manufacturing of one of the most urgently needed new European space technologies, the deployable large European space antenna (LEA). This contract in the frame of H2020 program of the EC alone has a budget volume of five million euros. Along with the steadily increasing demand for MLI made in Portugal, HPS Lda. is currently expanding its workforce in the area of highly qualified Portuguese engineers and technicians by twenty percent.

STM MLI during manufacturing at HPS Lda. in 2017. Copyright: HPS Lda.

S4 Instrument (STM), with MLI, during vibration test at IABG in 2017. Copyright: HPS GmbH

15/05/2017 C3Harme reached a new milestone. HPS Lda. is partner in this European project and responsible for prototypes manufacturing


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19/10/2016 ExoMars: A chegada a Marte!
A HPS Lda., sedeada no Porto, celebra esta quarta-feira dia 19 de Outubro 2016, a chegada a Marte da missao ExoMars. A HPS Lda. desenvolveu, produziu e integrou as proteções térmicas do módulo que pousou em Marte.
A HPS Lda. foi a responsável pelo desenvolvimento da parte térmica do Schiaparelli, módulo que chegou à superfície do planeta Marte. Iniciou este projeto em 2012 tendo participado em todas as fases do projeto, desde o desenho preliminar passando pelos testes de qualificação até à integração do hardware no satélite. Foram necessárias várias horas de desenvolvimento e testes para assegurar os exigentes ambientes da missão. Nesta missão foi necessário assegurar que os vários equipamentos estavam protegidos das temperaturas muito baixas durante a viagem Terra-Marte, bem como das muito altas durante a entrada no planeta Marte. Por ser uma missão que chega ao solo de outro planeta foram necessárias precauções extremas para não haver contaminação biológica da Terra em Marte. Por isso, todas as proteções térmicas foram produzidas na sala limpa da HPS Lda. em níveis elevadíssimos de limpeza e foram sujeitos a esterilização. O lançamento foi feito com sucesso no dia 14 de Março e a viagem durou cerca de 7 meses. A indústria europeia chega agora pela primeira vez a Marte com o importante contributo tecnológico da HPS Lda.

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14/03/2016 ExoMars: Launch is scheduled!
The Countdown is on: Exomars on its Way through Deep Space to reach and land on Mars in 5,296 hours.
Guarded by its Multilayer Insulation made by HPS Lda. the European landing demonstrator Schiaparelli will reach and enter the hostile Martian atmosphere at a speed of 21,000 km/h by October 19th this year, after 269 days or 5,296 hours of flight through the galaxy after a perfect launch on March 14th.

ExoMars 2016's Trace Gas Orbiter and the lander Schiaparelli shortly before rocket fairing capsulation in Baikonour

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Launch of the Proton-M rocket carrying ExoMars 2016 at Baikonour Cosmodrome on 14th of March 2016

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Artist impression of ExoMars at fairing separation after launch

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10/03/2016 ExoMars: Launch is scheduled!
The launch of ExoMars has been scheduled for 09:31 GMT (10:31 CET) on 14 March with first acquisition of signal expected at around 21:29 GMT (22:29 CET)!
HPS Lda. is very proud to be part of this endeavour, with the design, development, testing, manufacturing and integration of the MLI on the EDM - Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module or simply Schiaparelli - which will land on Mars! Payloads on TGO - Trace Gas Orbiter - have also been featured with MLI provided by HPS Lda., namely the spectrometer NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for MArs Discovery) and the instrument CaSSIS (Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System).
The MLI is one of the critical subsystem that will protect the spacecraft up to the Mars entry, from the harsh conditions.

27/11/2015 Ready for Mission to Mars: ExoMars Orbiter and Lander Shiaparelli Shipping to Launch Site
Critical Thermal Protection made by Europe´s MLI-expert HPS in Portugal and Germany
Scientists, media and other VIP´s from Europe´s space sector took the last chance on November 25th in Cannes to have a look at ESA´s latest exploration technology before it lands on Mars in October, 2016: Schiaparelli - an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module - is a technology-testing vehicle carried by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter to demonstrate the capability of European industry to perform a controlled landing on the surface of Mars. The preparation for this mission enhances Europe’s expertise and enables the testing of key technologies which could be used in subsequent missions to Mars.
Although designed to demonstrate entry, descent and landing technologies, Schiaparelli offers a science package that will operate on the surface of Mars for a short duration after landing, planned to last approximately 2-4 sols (martian days).
Schiaparelli will be protected during its decend to Mars at a speed of 21,000 km/h as well as during its operations on the surface against all thermal impacts by a multilayer insulation designed, developed and manufactured by the Portugese space company HPS Lda. "Thermal protection is one of the critical components that decide about success or failure of any space mission. However, with Schiaparelli it opens yet another dimension of human space exploration, since this spacecraft has the task to verify technologies for the generations of unmanned and finally human missions to land on Mars in future", said Ernst K. Pfeiffer, CEO of HPS. "In addition, my teams in Germany and Portugal have developed also the thermal protection for this mission´s scientific instruments CASSIS and NOMAD. All HPS employees in Germany and Portugal are extremely proud to serve as Europe´s selected thermal protection specialists in space, to have soon more than 10 kg hardware on Martian surface and to play with this a vital part in man´s historic pathfinding mission to other planets.

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22/10/2015 EUCLID SVM/PLM
We are proud to announce that HPS Lda was selected by AIRBUS NL for the manufacturing of EUCLID PLM Struts and, for the design and manufacturing of NISP Radiator, PLM/SVM Bipods and VI-FPA-ES Bipods and monopods VIS MLI.

30/06/2015 ExoMars 2016 Mission
HPS Lda is proud to announce that the integration of MLI on EDM lander is finished. The launch is schedule for March 2016 and the HPS team is very enthusiastic to see it's hardware landing on Mars.

30/06/2015 LADS
We are proud to announce that HPS Lda was selected by ESA for the execution of Phase 2 of LADS (Large Stable Deployable Structures for Future Science Mission) project.

31/03/2015 EUCLID SSH
HPS Lda had started recently another thermal hardware development. HPS is in charge of EUCLID SSH thermal hardware design, definition, production and integration.

31/03/2015 EUCLID SSH
High demands on space exploration requires top level engineering on earth. The Mechanical Ground Support Equipment of the EUCLID SSH is being developed and manufactured by HPS Lda, including large sized and environment protected containers, handling equipment and hoisting devices, and test adapters. We are proud to help make EUCLID mission possible!