Attività operativa di riferimento Aerospace components and systems

Project THETIS

Main objective: to develop new capabilities and know-how for a national level competence center on Launch Vehicles Avionic Technologies.

National background: some partial and non-homogeneous GNC activities have already been performed, however no co-ordinated activities have been so far initiated, expecially in view of creating a diffused knowledge grow in the country.

It is therefore strategic to fill the gap of competence with respect to other Countries, in order to be competitive for bidding, for example, on:

  • VEGA Consolidation and Evolution Program (VECEP);
  • GNC-related ESA Invitations To Tender, also beyond launchers;
  • Horizon 2020 Call for proposals;
  • Nereus regional european programs;

And to stimulate a technological fall-out on other markets (automotive, automation, transports, etc.).


Tethis strategic and technical objectives:

  • To build up competences in the management and control of space vehicles navigation and s/s health monitoring, which, in general, can be a function in support of a reliable navigation.
  • To maximize synergies with R&D activities on contiguous typoligies of space projects, such as:
    • Automated spacecrafts for on-orbit servicing;
    • Active debris removal systems.
  • To develop enabling technologies for the GNC and the PHM of the launch vehicles, and to provide building blocks for next generation avionics.
  • To exploit synergiesand technologyspin-in/spin-out with other industrial segments, embodied by the involved SMEs.
  • To grow THETIS group and Piemonte as a new competence area in Italy for GNC, and in Europe for technologies of Integrated Control and Health Monitoring.


The group has identified a first core of R&D topics, including:

  • GNC methodologies and algorithms
  • Technologies for wireless sensors network for health monitoring

This constituted the starting point for the technical table. After that, the goal of the Technical Table has been extended:

by enlarging the scope of the proposed core topics, and engaging SME partners, matching their priorities and business strategies. This allowed to achieve an organic, system-level, avionic competence and to complement the original R&D kernel with industrial objectives;

by supporting the participation of SME’s as opportunity to develop and validate their technologies, and to pave the way for new markets.

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