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The LEOSWEEP project is being developed by a consortium of 11 universities  and industrial partners from the European Union and Ukraine.  This page contains a brief introduction of these partners.


SENER is an Engineering and Technology group backed by almost 60 years’ experience.

Innovation, commitment to quality and independence are our corporate values.

More than 5,500 professionals in offices located in Algiers, Argentina, Brazil, China, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain and South Korea are proof of our potential as a company; our aim is to offer our customers and society solutions and products that are technologically efficient and innovative.

In Engineering and Construction, we are today an international leader in:

  • Aerospace
  • Power and Process
  • Infrastructures and Transport
  • Marine

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Space Dynamics Group

The Space Dynamics Group (SDG), formerly know as Grupo de Dinámica de Tethers (Tether Dynamics Group) was established in 1995 in the School of Aeronautics of the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid: UPM) under the lead of Prof. Jesús Peláez.

 The group long-term goal is to contribute, through high-impact research activity, to the future development of the aerospace field in the areas of astrodynamics, mission analysis and new concepts in space propulsion and actuation.

 Thanks to a strong academic base and its long-term relationship with space industries, space agencies and universities as well as its multidisciplinary focus, the group is rapidly gaining recognition at international level.

Space Dynamics Group
Universidad Politénica de Madrid

Equipo de Propulsión Espacial y Plasma

The research activity of the group is focused on the theory and simulation of plasma-engine systems, and the different plasma propulsion concepts. For each type of engine considered, we first study in detail the different physical phenomena which govern the generation and acceleration of the plasma, and the interaction of the plasma with the elements of the engine (walls, magnetic fields, rf waves, etc.). This understanding allows us to develop appropriate mathematical models and simulation codes that can explain the coupled behavior of the different phenomena and the influence of each control and design parameter on the engine performance.

Equipo de Propulsión Espacial y Plasmas
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


TransMIT GmbH works at the interface between universities and businesses, offering entrepreneurs inside information about major activities of work, research results, and developments within the universities. It helps to search for ideas and innovations, and find contacts and co-operation partners. It also assists scientists in protecting their inventions, and provides assistance in the marketing of technologies and developments.

TransMIT GmbH assists distinguished companies from the following areas:

  • pharmaceutical / medicine, biotechnology, chemistry
  • automobile, plant construction and engineering, electrical engineering, optics
  • information technology, new media, telecommunication
  • commerce, services

The TransMIT Society for Technology Transfer GmbH was founded by

in order to make the potentials of the universities accessible in a professional manner and shorten the distance between science and commerce.

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Institute of Technical Mechanics

The Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine (ITM NASU and SSAU) is the research institution composed of the Mechanics division of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, leading institute of the Ukrainian aerospace sector.

At present, fundamental and applied research are conducted at the institute. Those involve:

  • The dynamics of mechanical and hydromechanical systems, of launch vehicle systems, and of rail and motor transport;
  • The aero-thermo and gas dynamics of power plants and flying and space vehicles and their subsystems;
  • The strength, reliability, and optimization of mechanical systems, launch vehicles, and spacecraft;
  • The mechanics of interaction of a solid with ionized media and electromagnetic radiation;
  • The systems analysis of trends and prospects in space engineering.

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DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project execution organisation.

DLR has approximately 7400 employees at 16 locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Goettingen, Hamburg, Juelich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen, and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

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Yuzhnoye State Design Office

Yuzhnoye SDO is a powerful design company which in cooperation with its partners provides turnkey developments for complicated high-tech projects.

The main directions of the Yuzhnoye's activities remain works associated with creation and operation of the space-rocket technology. Launch vehicles, spacecraft and rocket engines developed by Yuzhnoye meet the highest criteria of the modern science.

Recent years, taking into account vital society's needs some conversion lines of activities have been developing. These lines are:

  • creation of technology for power engineering including renewable energy sources;
  • creation of some transport systems;
  • creation of agricultural machinery.

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DEIMOS Engenharia

DEIMOS Engenharia is a private Portuguese Aerospace Engineering company, delivering advanced design solutions and turn-key space SW systems since 2002. Building on a solid team of highly motivated and specialized engineers, DEIMOS Engenharia is now a reference player in the European space sector.

Our business is focused in space systems design and operational software systems development and validation, in the areas of Mission Analysis, Guidance, Navigation and Control, Global Navigation Satellite Systems Technologies and Ground Segment Systems.

We are part of the Deimos group, the technological branch of ELECNOR. DEIMOS group is a set of international companies operating in the areas of Aerospace, Automation and Remote Control, Information Systems, Telecommunication Network, Security and Technological Infrastructure Development.

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International Space Law Center


The International Space Law Center was established in 1998 according to the Agreement between the National Space Agency of Ukraine, Russian Space Agency, and the Academies of Sciences of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. It is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. The ISLC is headed by its Director - Academician Prof. Dr. Yurii Schemshuchenko - and Deputy Director - Academician Prof. Dr. Nataliya Malysheva.

The ISLC activities are organized on the sectoral basis. Its structure comprises five sectors: 1) academic legal studies; 2) law-making; 3) publishing; 4) scientific legal expertise and 5) international cooperation.

To the ISLC priorities refer:

  • to assist in developing researches in the field of space law within the CIS countries;
  • to resolve fundamental and applied tasks of the development and implementation of the national space legislation of the CIS member-states in order to increase performance of their space activities;
  • to harmonize the CIS member-states' domestic space legislation with the international space law;
  • to strengthen the cooperation with international organizations dealing with research and application of space law;
  • to provide legal support to the Ukrainian national programmes in the field of exploration and peaceful uses of outer space;
  • to study legal and administrative aspects of space activities;
  • to disseminate knowledge on space activities and space law;
  • to ensure outreach regarding space activities and space law and promote them.

By nature of its activity, the International Space Law Center is a research and consulting organisation which has an international status.

The ISLC ensured legal expertise of different situations arising in space activities (under the projects “Globalstar”, “Cyclone-4M”, “Sea Launch”, “Vega”, “Lybid”, “Alcantara Cyclone Space”, “Dnipro”), in total more than 40 expert opinions.

Among the notable publications of the ISLC could be listed the following:

  • 5 volumes (6 books) of the Thematic Collection “National Space Legislation of the World“ with comments (in Russian and English);
  • 5 editions of the Space Law of Ukraine;
  • Commentary on the Law of Ukraine On Space Activities;
  • Chapters in the international scientific monographs: National Regulation of Space Activities (Editor: Ram S. Jakhu. – Springer. - 2010); Cologne Commentary on Space Law (in three volumes). Volume ІІ «The 1975 Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (REG)» - Cologne. – 2013.

Staff: 12 persons, including 9 scientific personnel and 3 support staff members.

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a British public university located in Southampton, United Kingdom. Southampton is a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group.

 The origins of the university are dated back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862 following a legacy to the Corporation of Southampton by Henry Robertson Hartley. In 1902, the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, with degrees awarded by the University of London. On 29 April 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status. It is a member of the European University Association, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is an accredited institution of the Worldwide Universities Network.

Southampton is systematically ranked in the top 15 of British universities and in the best 100 universities in the world. Besides being recognised as one of the leading research universities in the UK, Southampton has also achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities. It additionally has one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain.

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Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas

The Laboratory of Plasma Physics (LPP) was created in January 2009 by the fusion of the Laboratoire de Physique et Technologie des Plasmas (LPTP, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique) with the Centre d’étude des Environnements Terrestre et Planétaires (CETP, CNRS, UVSQ, UPMC). We pursue research into all fields of plasma physics, from hot to cold plasmas and from laboratory to space plasmas, combining theoretical, simulation and experimental approaches.

Our objective is to make significant contributions to the major contemporary international projects in plasma physics : space plasma research into the sun-earth and other planetary systems, and the ITER project where magnetically confined hot plasmas will be harnessed to achieve controlled nuclear fusion. LPP is also strongly involved with plasma technologies such as plasmas for nano-technology, de-pollution, and plasma sources.

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