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ESTEC awards “ACOSIM – Application of co-simulation to support test and operations” project to EMTECH Space P.C. consortium



We are glad to announce that the ACOSIM project related to the application of co-simulation to support test and operations, was awarded to EMTECH Space P.C. consortium by ESA/ESTEC. EMTECH is the prime contractor and TWT GmbH, Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I) and the Aarhus University (Denmark) will act as sub-contractors. The Kick-off meeting took place on the 29th of January. The team is now eager to conduct research on co-simulation techniques to be used in the space domain for Verification & Validation (V&V) activities.

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Mr. Nikolaos Livanos, EMTECH’s Managing Director made the following statement: “We greatly appreciate ESA’s confidence in our company to lead this major project and have the opportunity to participate in such a key-study for space simulations. We are also very glad to continue our collaboration with TAS-I, a space domain European Large System Integrator, also sub-contractor in a successful ESA study for THOR mission. It is also an honor to have TWT, a premium development partner with more than 30 years of background in the automotive industry, as a key subcontractor in the activity. Last but not least, we are pleased to also have the Aarhus University in the team, providing the consortium with the solid scientific background required. We truly believe that the presented opportunity will solidify our business relationships with ESTEC, TWT, TASI and Aarhus University and will strengthen our path towards business growth in space simulations engineering.”

EMTECH has been involved in co-simulation R&D for Space Engineering, since 2014. The result of these activities is SimBridge; a space technology that allows SMP2 simulators to be interfaced with external COTS tools. EMTECH is engaged on research and development for high technology products and services related to space software engineering, with focus on systems’ simulation. Our mission is to contribute to the space simulation domain and our belief is that a concrete methodology that enables co-simulation, will leverage complex Model Driven Architecture based developments, towards optimized and economically efficient solutions.

In this direction, co-simulation approaches, already applied in other industries, such as the FMI standard, sparked interest within the space domain, as a solution to face certain challenges. These challenges include, but are not limited to: data exchange, timing and synchronization, communication/interfacing and tools coupling.  In this effort, the early phases of the space systems’ development could not be ignored, as it is expected that in order to truly achieve co-simulation, the above challenges have to be taken into account while setting the requirements and performing the architectural design of the system models.

Therefore, co-simulation in the space domain is an inevitable evolution of the existing space simulation facilities and the Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) approaches, imposed by the upcoming needs in aerospace simulation industry. Thus, the main target of the ACOSIM project is the definition of a new Verification & Validation methodology that will enable the use of co-simulation in the Space Simulation Facilities (FES, SVF, TOMS). EMTECH is now looking forward for the implementation and the outcome of this very promising activity.

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EMTech is awarded an SME Instrument Phase 1 Proposal for 'iReact-NG'



EMTech SPACE P.C. has been a constant supplier of energy efficiency, having designed, developed and installed its iReact (www.ireact.gr) product line in over than 150 power substations in the Greek transmission grid, handling peak loads near 2GWatt. Key performance indicators as yearly average of 8% power loss reduction and 14% released capacity, translate to millions of Euros saved both for the System Operator and citizens alike. A "Designed & Manufactured in Greece" label is seen next to equipment of industry giants like ABB, Siemens, GE, etc.

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New challenges presented by Renewable Energy Sources penetration in the distribution grid, storage technology and flexibility schemes incorporating in the regulatory frameworks, press for innovative approaches that will pave a smooth path towards the long term goals for clean and secure energy. Moreover, disruptive technologies like Blockchain have the potential to transform the energy grid in a completely decentralized, transparent and secure form.

 

EMTech is restless in pursuing technology development, markets penetration and customer satisfaction. Borrowing on our software engineering heritage and expertise in spacecraft simulation infrastructures, we build new complex but robust intelligent PaaS systems that help System Operators maintain voltage stability, reduce power losses, prevent malfunctions and down-time of critical equipment and integrate renewables within optimized operation schemes.

 

The European Commission recognizes our efforts by awarding our SME Instrument Phase 1 proposal "iReact-NG" to perform a feasibility study that we are confident will strengthen our business plan for a new solely dedicated to smart-grids venture. In parallel, we are in the process of getting on-board System Operators from other EU member states for pilot installations and we are actively seeking funding for a five year growth plan. Our new headquarters in Metamorfosi, make us feel investment ready as never before and we are eager to represent the Greek CleanTech potential of a back-on-track wounded economy.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 781616”  

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EMTECH SPACE P.C. awarded “JUICE Instruments ISVV” project by AIRBUS Defense and Space SAS, achieving its first entry to an ESA mission



In May 2022, the spacecraft JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) will set off on an almost 600 million-kilometer-long journey to Jupiter, where it is expected to arrive in 2030. The JUICE mission addresses the question of whether possible habitats of life are provided underneath the surfaces of the Jupiter’s icy satellites Callisto, Ganymede and Europa as well as provide observations of Jupiter’s atmosphere and magnetosphere. The European Space Agency (ESA) has contracted Airbus Defense and Space to lead a consortium of more than 60 companies to develop and build the JUICE spacecraft.

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Independent Software Verification and Validation (ISVV) must be performed on safety-critical software systems. This is the case for the JUICE instruments where ESA entrusts the spacecraft prime contractor (Airbus) the task of driving and controlling the ISVV activity. The principal aim of ISVV is to increase quality of software products, thereby reducing risks and costs through the software's operational lifetime. ISVV provides assurance that software performs to the specified confidence level and within its designed parameters and defined requirements.

 

In this new contract, EMTECH will perform ISVV activities on the JUICE instruments’ flight software used to perform mission-specific operations. The Kick-off meeting took place on the 5th of July on Airbus premises (Toulouse, France), and for the following 15 months, EMTECH will analyze the flight software stored into the Data Processing Unit (DPU) instrument and the RIME instrument software.

 

EMTECH is honored by this new contract and the collaboration with Airbus D&S, which is the acknowledgement of our know-how in critical flight software. Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry and a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions on a global scale. EMTECH is delighted to add Airbus to its customer list and we are convinced that this will be just the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration that will accelerate our business growth.

 

Since 2009, EMTECH has been involved in space engineering research and development projects. Several projects have been conducted concerning software engineering related to Spacecraft Operational Simulators and respective simulation infrastructure enhancement, that ESA/ESOC utilizes for spacecraft and ground segment modelling, as well as operators’ training. Our major customers are both intergovernmental organizations (ESA/ESOC, ESTEC) and large enterprises (Airbus D&S, Thales Alenia Space, Telespazio Vega).

 

To present, EMTECH's focus on space Research & Technology Development, proved the company to be a reliable partner, playing a key role in several medium and small scale projects. Currently, the company owns technology and deep know-how in the space software engineering, and based on this fact, our strategy is to participate in real space missions. Our collaboration with Airbus related to the JUICE mission, strengthens our path towards this business direction.

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EMTECH SPACE P.C. highlights SimBridge at Simulation and EGSE for Space Programmes - SESP2017 workshop



The workshop on Simulation for European Space Programmes (SESP) is organized by ESA for more than 20 years on a bi-annual basis. It is a uniquely focused forum where representatives of Space Agencies and Industry can present and discuss the current state-of-the-art as well as future trends and needs. This year, SESP2017 was held from 28 to 30 March at ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre) facilities in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

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EMTECH SPACE P.C., represented by Mrs. Georgia Soulioti, participated in the tool vendors’ exhibition with a demonstration of its new space product called SimBridge. SimBridge is a novel software that aims to provide the solution for co-simulation arrangements in SMP2 (Simulation Model Portability 2 standard) compliant simulation environments. Moreover, SimBridge reinforces rapid prototyping and models’ reuse by enabling the interaction of SMP2 simulators with COTS tools at runtime. Today, it is integrated in SIMSAT simulation engine and provides seamless interfacing to MATLAB and Python. A brief presentation of SimBridge can be found here

 

EMTECH is always pleased to actively participate in events like the SESP workshop as they are an ideal opportunity to meet stakeholders with common interests and share experiences for tools, techniques and practices.

 Mrs Georgia Soulioti representing EMTECH in the tool vendors' exhibition at SESP 2017 workshop

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EMTECH SPACE P.C. participates in “Next generation simulators infrastructure – SIMULUS-NG” ESA project with Telespazio VEGA leading the consortium



EMTECH and Telespazio VEGA (TZV) have been in close contact, however without having the chance to work together in a space software activity, until recently. Today, EMTECH is a subcontractor of TZV study, namely SIMULUS-NG, which has been awarded by ESA/ESOC.

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SIMULUS is the simulation environment on top of which the satellite simulators at European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) are built. The SIMULUS-NG study aims to perform a trade-off analysis to identify the possible paradigms for future infrastructure, and explore architectural and technological solutions which will form the basis for the design and development of the new generation infrastructure supporting high-fidelity operational simulators in the timescale of ESA missions launching in 2025 onwards. These missions would require SIMULUS infrastructure development to start by 2018.

 

The analysis needs to take into account the needs of future missions and also novel capabilities, such as the capability to automatically synchronize in a semi real-time manner the high fidelity simulator models with the real Spacecraft (S/C) status. Such capability would potentially allow to accurately model on-board anomalies in the simulated spacecraft models and support the early identification, detection and investigation of problems in the real spacecraft.

 

EMTECH SPACE P.C. is honored by this new contract and the collaboration with TZV, which is the acknowledgement of our know-how in space simulation infrastructure engineering and looks forward to its fruitful cooperation with TZV.

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ESA awards “Pre-verification of THOR Electro Magnetic Cleanliness Approach” project to EMTECH-SPACE P.C. consortium.



EMTECH-SPACE P.C. consortium has been awarded by ESA/ESTEC for a new contract. The project to be executed and the deliverables required by ESA are in relation to the “Pre-Verification of THOR Electro-Magnetic Cleanliness Approach” activity.

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EMTECH-SPACE P.C. consortium has been awarded by ESA/ESTEC for a new contract. The project to be executed and the deliverables required by ESA are in relation to the “Pre-Verification of THOR Electro-Magnetic Cleanliness Approach” activity.

 

The Turbulence Heating ObserveR (THOR) is a mission study within the next medium class (M4) mission launch opportunity. The THOR payload suite consists of 10 different instruments to measure electromagnetic fields and particle populations in space plasma with a special focus on plasma turbulence. The instruments are necessarily sensitive to magnetic and electric fields and require stringent electro-magnetic cleanliness. Plasma turbulence is a dynamic (non-static) phenomenon and instruments need to measure time variable effects. Therefore the time variations of electric and magnetic field from platform equipment have to be characterized and verified with respect to the instrument requirements. Random and periodic AC variations in frequency and time domain as well as time-domain transients are all potentially relevant and often referred to as AC variation for simplicity. The project shall address the verification of these requirements and define credible pre-verification methods.

EMTECH-SPACE P.C. will be the prime contractor of the project and Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - School of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Wireless and Long Distance Communications Lab (WLDCL) and ASTOS Solutions GmbH will act as sub-contractors. The kick-off of the project is scheduled for mid-December and the project shall be implemented in two phases, with 14 months duration for phase 1 and 18 months for phase 2. We anticipate that this project will intensify EMTECH-SPACE P.C. activities in the domain of EMC and Electromagnetics for space applications.  

 

Mr. Nikolaos Livanos, Managing Director of EMTECH-SPACE P.C., made the following statement: “We greatly appreciate ESA’s confidence in our company to lead this major project and have the opportunity to participate in critical EMC points of the forthcoming THOR mission. We are very glad to continue our collaboration with NTUA's WLDCL laboratory, also sub-contractor in a successful ESA study to be delivered before the end of the year. In addition, it is an honour to have TAS-I as a key subcontractor in the activity and the presented opportunity will strengthen our partnership with a space domain European Large Scale Integrator. Last but not least, we are pleased to have also ASTOS Solutions GmbH in the team, and we truly believe that this is a great chance to start a fruitful relationship, not only regarding EMC and electromagnetics, but further space software related applications, as well.”    

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EMTECH changes legal form and establishes new offices in Cyprus



Excel MicroTechnologies (former NIKOLAOS & MARINOS LIVANOS O.E.) is now EMTECH SPACE P.C.!

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Excel MicroTechnologies (former NIKOLAOS & MARINOS LIVANOS O.E.) is now EMTECH SPACE P.C.!

The legal form transformation (Greek Ο.Ε. to Ι.Κ.Ε.), is part of the company's strategy for restructuring in order to achieve a high investment readiness level. Furthermore the strategy involves Middle-East and Asia market penetration. To that effect a new business entity has been launched in Cyprus named EMTECH SPACE P.C. (CY) Ltd. Cyprus became the 11th country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement, strengthening its relations with the European Space Agency and selection of potential PECS projects will start soon. The new entity inherits significant experience from its Greek counterpart in the fields of Ground Segment software applications and magnetic cleanliness.

Now EMTECH maintains a presence in Germany (EMTECH GmbH), Greece and Cyprus.

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