SENER celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its Space Division at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. This event, entitled ‘In the Best Company’, was attended by notable local and international figures from the institutional, community, and economic spheres.[+]
The European Columbus laboratory, a project participated in by SENER, completes ten years in space08/02/2018 (International)
The European Columbus research laboratory of the International Space Station (ISS) completes ten years in orbit. This module is used by astronauts to carry out all types of experiments, such as cultivating plants and creating new metals. It features several components developed by SENER and is also the first European facility dedicated to long-term microgravity research.
SENER developed different structural elements for Columbus, including the conception, development, assembly, qualification testing, and delivery of the supporting structures (racks) of subsystems.
Furthermore, SENER supplied the structure of the external platform, designed for performing experiments outside the pressurised area (vacuum). It also supplied the set of flight-qualified structures responsible for the internal housing of the fluid laboratory equipment in the corresponding rack, providing the means to open, close, extract, and insert the equipment.
For the biological experiment facility in Columbus, Biolab, SENER supplied two thermal storage systems to preserve samples at different temperatures: the temperature controlled unit (TCU) and the automatic temperature-controlled stowage (ATCS). It also provided the power electronics for the thermal subsystem of the incubator and all of the electronic subsystems of the experiment preparation unit.
In addition, SENER was the main contractor of the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System (MARES), which is installed in the Columbus module, and analyses the effects caused by weightlessness on human muscles.
In its 10 years of operation, the European laboratory has conducted over 225 experiments in disciplines as varied as solar science, psychology, astrobiology, metallurgy, and microgravity. Here's to another ten years of the success for the Columbus Laboratory in the International Space Station.
Bilbao staged a tribute to SENER's 50 years of success in the Space industry and also its team of professionals who have gained international prestige for the company in the sector. Arantxa Tapia, Basque Regional Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, closed the event dedicated to the Basque company.... [+]
Miguel Ángel Salado’s new duties include ensuring that all the products, activities and services of SENER’S Aerospace Division meet the criteria set out in the Quality, Safety, Health and Environment policy.[+]
This was a very significant milestone for the European Space Agency (ESA), as the mission had the objective of demonstrating re-entry technology – of vital importance on manned and unmanned missions that require a safe return to Earth – for a hypersonic vehicle with a lifting body. ... [+]