The Cardan mechanism has been designed to point Ka-band antennas and other devices, its low profile design optimizing antenna size and RF properties. The design avoids the need to use hold down and release mechanisms, minimizing the system’s weig... [+]
SENER began its space odyssey by developing structural mechanisms and parts. Today, it is a key supplier of electromechanical components and systems for the European Space Agency (ESA) and its principal provider of boominstruments and deployable booms.
The company has more than half a century of experience in the design,manufacture, testing and final integration of electromechanical components and systems that are critical in space missions, with a track record of 100% reliability, as in all its history of space projects, not one of the more than 275 pieces of equipment supplied by SENER to space programs have ever recorded any faults.
SENER provides several types of electromechanical components and systems:
Rotatory actuators and linear actuators
Experience in both rotatory actuators and linear actuators and their components, performing design and construction tasks on a case by case basis and according to the needs of the client, whether as single units or as part of devices with more complex functions
NEReA is a low shock Non Explosive Release Actuator that provides a rapid response with low-power consumption over a range of temperatures compatible with the Space environment. NEReA is compatible with electrical systems for pyro activation. NER... [+]
Experience in different types of deployment systems, motorized and non-motorized, with different deployment configurations, booms, lattice structures, flat structures for instruments, sunshields, space tethers, protective covers, etc.
The purpose of this magnetometer boom for JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer program) is to place some of the instruments needed for scientific experiments away from the magnetic disturbances of the spacecraft. The boom is a structure consisting... [+]
The DTR-DM was developed for Iberespacio’s radiator panel for Loral, where the majority of the qualification tests were performed. Moreover, in the H2020 PEGASUS program to develop a radiator panel for European commercial satellites, the design ... [+]
The Solar Orbiter deployable boom function is to support and deploy four instruments which, due to their sensitivity to magnetic fields, need to be placed far from the electromagnetic disturbances generated by the satellite. It consists of three rig... [+]
The Panel Deployment mechanisms developed by SENER Aeroespacial are used in the functioning of spatial structures like thermal radiators, antenna panels and any other type of single-deployment operation that requires high torque due to elements like ... [+]
SENER is responsable of the Magnetometer Boom (MAGBOOM), which is a deployable boom holding two magnetometers that will measure Mercury's magnetic field. BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury. It is scheduled for launch in 2018 on a trip... [+]
Pointing and scanning systems
Pointing systems of different precisions, ranges, and applications. Different configurations, number and configuration of axes, parallel devices for pointing and scanning applications.
SENER is developing the high gain antenna deployment and pointing mechanism (HGA ADPM) for the Euclid scientific space probe. It is a precision assembly comprised of three axes, one for antenna deployment and the other two for pointing. The assembl... [+]
SENER developed ten antenna deployment and positioning mechanisms for XTAR and SPAINSAT communication satellites. SENER was responsible for the detail design, manufacturing, integration and testing of the mechanisms (all critical activities for the... [+]
Devices for optical instrumentation
Devices with their optical electronic control systems, refocusing systems, filter wheels, high-precision scanning devices, shutter and calibration systems, and optical benches.
Sentinel-3 mission, framed in the European Union-ESA Copernicus program, has as one of its main targets to monitor sea and land-surface temperatures with high accuracy and reliability. First Sentinel-3 satellite was launched in February 2016, followe... [+]
The M2MM is a positioning mechanism with 5 degrees of freedom which allows the movement and adjustment of the secondary mirror (M2M) of the EUCLID telescope to guarantee the optical quality required in orbit, necessary to recover telescope misalignme... [+]
Electronic control equipment
SENER has extensive experience in the field of electronic control systems and has a broad portfolio of references in which it has worked for projects of different space agencies.
The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a joint ESA/NASA mission to detect and observe gravitational waves in space and thus verify Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. The LISA core technologies are gravitational reference sensors, rea... [+]
GAIA M2M MDE is an electrical unit designed to control up to ten stepper motors per MDE section (Main or Redundant) one at a time that will move the M2 mirrors for GAIA. The mechanisms will allow the M2M repositioning in 5 degrees of freedom. The MD... [+]
The Sunshield Drive Electronics (SDE) is an electrical unit designed to control a stepper motors per section (Main or Redundant) which shall actuate over the of the GAIA Deployable Sunshield Assembly (DSA) Structure. During the qualification camp... [+]
Helicon Plasma Thrusters (HPT) electric propulsion device. The Helicon Plasma Thrusters (HPT) are electric in Space propulsion devices based on radiofrequency plasma generation. The resulting plasma is afterwards accelerated by means of a magnetic n... [+]
The main function of the MTG (Meteosat Third Generation) scan assembly electronics (SCAE) is to provide a controlled, high precision scan and sweep movement of the mirror of the main telescope. To achieve this, the electronics house the following fu... [+]
Devices for special applications
Systems that include Devices, electronic control, and other features like antennas, robotic elements, autonomous connections, orbital docking systems, landing gear and manned program components such as hatches, crew support systems, and structures.
The GAIA Deployment Sunshield Assembly (DSA), provides a stable and continuous shadow environment to the SVM and PLM of the satellite. The DSA is composed by 12 rectangular petals joined by 12 triangular sectors to form an almost circular plane aroun... [+]
Establishing whether life ever existed or is still active on Mars is one of the principal outstanding scientiﬁc questions of our time; It is also a necessary prerequisite to prepare for the future human exploration endeavors. To achieve this impor... [+]
After decades of launches Earth is surrounded by a halo of space junk of more than 17 000 trackable objects, which threaten working missions with possible collision. The only way to control the debris population across key low orbits is to remove... [+]
Discovering whether there ever was or still is life on Mars is one of the most important scientific questions of our time. It is also a necessary prerequisite in order to prepare for future human exploration missions. To achieve this important goal,... [+]
The International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM) is the European androgynous low impact docking mechanism that is capable of docking and berthing large and small spacecraft. The IBDM is being designed to be compatible with the International Do... [+]
This subsystem consists on several through-wall ﬁlters (located on the Heat Shield) that provide the satellite with non-hermetic protective covering for its remote detection instruments. Some of these feedthroughs (6) need a door cover to protect t... [+]
Standard Interface for Robotic Manipulation (SIROM) of payloads in future space missions. SENER is the coordinator of the project consortium and responsible for the development, design, manufacturing, assembly and integration of the SIROM Mechanica... [+]
Hold down & release
Equipment with different carrying capacities, gears, and release mechanisms. Retractable or fixed devices, release mechanisms with both pyrotechnic and non-pyrotechnic technologies.
In 2013, CONAE (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, Argentina) offered ESA to launch a small satellite together with SAOCOM-1B. ESA, together with European experts and CONAE have assessed the feasibility to fly a passive add-on satellite... [+]
Among the SENER projects for 1- and 2-body deployment mechanisms, projects such as Sentinel 1 SAR antenna panel deployment stand out. The Sentinel 1 satellite has a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). Thanks to this SAR instrument, Sentinel 1 wil... [+]