Center of Space Technologies

ctk-enThe mission of the Center of Space Technologies is carrying out research in the scope of space technologies for the requirements of their implementation by domestic and international companies.

 

The Center conducts research in:

  • Aircraft propulsion
  • Space technologies
  • Avionics
  • Acquisition and data processing

The Center of Space Technologies offers R&D works in the following fields:

In the area of aircraft propulsion:

  • Research on piston and turboshaft engines
  • Research on combustion chambers
  • Measurements of aircraft noise (in accordance with FAR 36, ICAO 16)
  • Research works on flows
  • Static/dynamic balancing
  • Testing of puncture-proof panes
  • Safety testing for general Aviation.

In the area of space technologies:

  • Design and testing of hybrid rocket engines
  • Design and testing of liquid rocket engines
  • Design and testing of solid rocket engines
  • Development of environmentally friendly fuels technologies
  • Production and testing of grains for solid rocket fuel
  • Design and testing of launcher technology demonstrators
  • CFD and FEM dedicated software
  • Multistage rocket flight dynamic analysis
  • Internal ballistics of solid rocket engine analysis
  • Optimization of liquid rocket engines

In the area of propellants:

  • Processing of hydrogen peroxide with concentrations up to 99.99% for chemical analyses
  • Processing of HTP class hydrogen peroxide (e.g. 98%+) for propulsion (rocket) use, ~2litres/week
  • Compatibility analysis of construction materials with hydrogen peroxide
  • Processing of samples of certain energetic materials, e.g. for initiation of gaseous detonation (primary explosives and certain energetic materials, e.g. PETN, RDX, HAN)
  • Testing of hypergolic fuels with HTP class hydrogen peroxide
  • Processing of anhydrous, red fuming nitric acid

In the area of catalysts:

  • Processing of catalysts for hydrogen peroxide on ceramic carriers, e.g. γ- and α-Al2O3
  • Annealing of components in a ceramic furnace in a controlled temperature (up to 1100oC)
  • Drying in a vacuum oven in a controlled temperature (up to 250oC, vacuum 60 Pa, with working chamber dimensions of 415x345x370 mm)
  • Solvent recovery on a rotary evaporator, Buchi, 4L
  • Determination of dissolved solid content with the use of a spectrophotometer (biogenic compounds, contaminants, cation and anion content)

In the area of space propulsion:

  • Development of applications for measurement and data recording using the LabAView environment
  • Design and testing of liquid, hybrid and solid rocket engines of thrust up to 5 kN
  • Design of test stations for measurement of rocket engine operating parameters
  • Design of launchers and analysis of their performance
  • Preparation of CFD numerical codes for testing flows

In the scope of remote sensing:

  • Data analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Radio communication
  • Planning and implementation of manned and UAV missions
  • Positioning
  • UAV positioning
  • Projection of aerial images on a given cartographic base
  • GNSS accuracy assessment
  • Acquisition of aerial images
  • Processing of aerial images
  • Spectral analysis
  • Radio communication
  • Stereometric analysis
  • Precision measurements using RTK GPS receivers
  • Thermography

In the field of avionics, the following design and construction works:

  • Systems involved in aircraft and RPAS movement in civil airspace, in all flight stages
  • Avionics systems, especially stabilization and classical, indirect and automatic steering of aircraft, RPAS, satellites a other steering systems
  • Avionics devices for movement measurement (e.g.: CDA, radio-altometer), spatial position (e.g.: INS, AHRS) and operational values (e.g. fuel meters)
  • Mathematical modelling of aircraft flight dynamics
  • Design of microprocessor systems a conversion devices dedicated for measurement systems and devices, stabilization, control and diagnostics systems, especially for aircraft, RPAS, satellite avionics equipment and for other devices and system elements that demand the use of computing platform for the implementation of numerical algorithms
  • Fast prototyping of avionics devices, their assembly and certified production for the commercial user
  • Resilience and strength testing regarding mechanical conditions and climatic conditions or technical devices
  • Expertise, investigations and tests of systems and aircraft equipment, ending with issue of statements of compliance with RTCA, ARINC, MIL, and TSO standards and aircraft requirements
  • The manufacture of prototypes and carry out of short-run production of smart systems aimed at precise measurement and diagnostics

In terms of environmental research:

  • Testing of strength and resistance to sinusoidal vibrations
  • Testing of strength and resistance to repeated mechanical shocks
  • Testing of resistance to high and low temperatures
  • Testing of resistance to cyclic temperature changes
  • Testing of resistance to elevated humidity levels
  • Testing of resistance to low pressure
  • Testing of resistance to frost and moisture
  • Testing of resistance to linear accelerations

The Multispectral Camera offer includes:

  • Environmental monitoring (air and water pollution, illegal dumps, mining waste, spontaneous ignition of mining heaps)
  • Monitoring of biodiversity changes
  • Monitoring of snow cover
  • Precision agriculture (yields optimization, harvest crop monitoring and management)
  • Archaeology
  • Spatial planning (land cover and use, degree of urbanisation)
  • Crisis management (prediction and mitigation of natural disasters)
  • National security (protection of borders and coastlines, weapon detection)
  • Securing public events (detection of threats in the crowd, detection of hazardous substances)

Contact:
Acting Director of the Institute of Aviation
Director of Center of Space Technologies
Leszek Loroch, PhD Eng.
phone: (+48) 22 846 11 00 ext. 838
mail: leszek.loroch[at]ilot.edu.pl
www.ctkpolska.pl

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