MPBUS - Kick-Off Meeting

MPBUS - Kick-Off Meeting

On 13th and 14th of May 2014, the MPBUS consortium had the Kick-Off meeting at Sotés, La Rioja, Spain. The four partners of the consortium, JMP Ingenieros, Najera Aerospace, Yamar Electronics and Centre Spatial de Liège, attended to the meeting which was a great success.

The MPBUS project requires a total investment of € 2 million, where 1.6 of which are financed by the European Commission, with an expected project duration of 27 months, starting on May 1st 2014.

The main goal of the project is to develop a Modular Power BUS for space vehicles. This new power bus architecture will combine ejectable batteries with the main bus through intelligent nodes developing intelligent bus management. Also the project will count with an improved data BUS over DC line technology allowing non critical communications through the power bus.


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Gobierno de La Rioja

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Spacial Proyect L - uPPT

Spacial Proyect L - uPPT

European Proyect Liquid Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster

JMP Ingenieros will lead "the first European project to promote nano satellites"

So, "direct and coordinate the Project Liquid Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster L-uPPT, which is part of the Seventh Framework Programme in Section Space, and funded by the European Union."

On Tuesday November 15 meet in La Rioja "countries and companies that will participate in this project." The project has an investment of 2.5 million euros, and European funding is 2 million. The joint participation of JMP and NASP represents 40 percent of the overall project. The duration is three years from November 1.

Its main advantage is that "the only global electromagnetic propulsion system based on plasma and clean liquid fuel (Pulsed Plasma Thruster, PPT), in order to propel nanosatellites weighing between 1 and 5 kg, reducing and minimizing the total weight of the system and its corresponding impact on the overall mass budget of it. "

Research and Development must be pragmatic

Research and Development must be pragmatic

Face-to-face interview with Eduardo Remirez, Co-Founder of NASP

Eduardo Remírez, together with his colleagues from JMP Ingenieros, Zigbee Telemetria and NASP, has developed around 350 projects in eighteen years, all of them with the hand of research in new technologies and applied to many in customer companies. Authentic space innovation in the La Rioja region heart.

 - such an eager mind does not wake up during the night?

 - it comes from family. My mother had an academy of mathematics, physics and chemistry at home, where she teached lessons to engineers for forty years. My brother and I lived in this environment and it was clear that we were directing our steps in this direction. I studied Technical Industrial Engineering in Logrono and then I devoted myself to extend my education in sectors that seemed to me to be interesting.

- after of being employed at French and German companies, you decide to start up your own business in La Rioja...

 - yes, and no one will move me away from here. We wanted to build a center in which we all could be located in the same place and make it as our own spiritual retirement place. Sotés seemed to us to be perfect and we designed a building specially conceived to shelter a company of new technologies in a rural location, an idea that it had been seen in countries as Germany, England and The United States.

 - it is still difficult to the non cientific local community to see our region as a source of aerospace projects, for example.

 - it is a question of mentality and the mental barriers are the most difficult to knock down. Sometimes it is not investigated, not because there are no persons sufficiently capable of doing it, but because there is kept certain respect that it is necessary to lose.

 - Is investigation the solution to many companies which are weakened seriously by the global crisis?

 - there is a moment for everything: one for the pure theoretical investigation, and other one, which is required at the moment, with a more pragmatic approach. It is necessary to support both to continue advancing, but now we need to give priority to the second one. As today one has never given the possibility of making profit from the intellectual work.

 - And in I+D+i (R&D) are institutional grants required?

- R&D has a high component of risk, which it increases the more ambitious it is the investigation. It implies a support, good is of the institutions, or of the banks, or of the big companies. Here there are people with brilliant brains, but if we do not provide them with resources we make with them a good investment. If other actions with less potential are supported, it is logical that in times of crisis they change the priorities.


 - in 2008 they were presenting the project of spatial shuttle 'Aldebarán'. In which point is it?

 - sailing between two waters. Sarkozy has intervened and it requested a report to the director of 'Aldebarán' on the methods of propulsion and the scene in which they were going to find France and the European Space Agency (ESA) in a few years time. The project is in a point between continuing as it was conceived, or to do a change and to give the great jump towards ' Arianne 6 '.

 - And which will be the path?

 - the last official document indicates that ' Arianne 6 ' will base on all the previous knowledge of the ESA and all that that we have investigated and continue investigating in 'Aldebarán' project.

 - Are these studies translated also in production inside our community?

 - we already are producing components, what happens is that, at this stage of 'Aldebaran'.

NASP shows the “Intelligent Avionics Power Bus” project performance to CNES and CDTI

NASP shows the “Intelligent Avionics Power Bus” project performance to CNES and CDTI

A LIVE demonstration was performed to show the excellent capabilities of the system

NASP has shown the “Intelligent Avionics Power Bus” project performance to the French Space Agency (CNES) and the Centro del Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), which pretends to be an important milestone in the development of the different parts of the Next Generation Launchers (NGL) avionics, and more concretely in the development of its power management system. The project finalized last 21st of January 2010 with the presentation and live demonstration of its performance to the CNES and CDTI in our facilities located in the Centro Tecnologico de La Rioja in Logroño. Both institutions are currently evaluating the system and will continue doing so in the coming months.

In the line of the Space sector renewing process started by USA president Obama with the cancellation of NASA’s Constellation program and its support to the private sector, NASP has always bet for the idea of industrializing the Space sector, and therefore concentrated its efforts in overcoming project like the “Intelligent Avionics Power Bus” which is a clear example of new and innovative concepts for the sector.

Danuta Hübner, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, visiting Najera Aerospace (NASP)

Danuta Hübner, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, visiting Najera Aerospace (NASP)

Past 30 March Miss Hübner together with the President of the Regional Government, Pedro María Sanz Alonso, and members of the Government Council, visited NASP in Logroño (La Rioja). Ahead of her visit, Commissioner Hübner stated: "European Cohesion Policy provides regions with secure and long-term investment in infrastructure, business and innovation: in these times of crisis, it is more important than ever that regions make the best possible use of this support."

La Rioja is targeting EU investment into the knowledge economy and helping to bridge the technology gap. This type of 'smart investment' is the best way of boosting local economies and supporting regional recovery".

NAJERA AEROSPACE S.L. (NASP) is located in “Centro Technológico de la Fombera” (Technology Centre). This center has received co-financing totalling €1.3 million under the ERDF 'Innovative Actions' programme and links 273 businesses in La Rioja and is widely recognised as a major hub for the promotion of research and development (R&D) and innovation. It has been designed by the architect Alejandro Zaera Polo. GTD and NASP are designing developing electronics embedded devices for use in Space and defense sectors. NASP is developing as well technologies for homeland security innovative applications. NASP is a joint venture between GTD and JMP Ingenieros.


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"Do not wait for the right time. Start now. Do it now. If you wait for the right time, never stop waiting." (Jasmine Gillman)