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18 June 2015: On 17th June, EU funded FP7 project SR2S (Space Radiation Superconducting Shield) hosted a one day workshop on the theme of ‘Superconducting Magnet Technology for Space’. This workshop took place in the CEA Institute in Paris, France. The workshop was organised and facilitated by project partners CEA with the support from the SR2S project coordinator, INFN and the project’s dissemination partner, Carr Communications.

Speaking after the workshop, SR2S project coordinator, Professor Roberto Battiston, INFN and President of the Italian Space Agency said: 

“SR2S has provided innovative technologies to be used in developing large active  superconducting shields for the protection of astronauts during long duration deep space missions. The feedback from attendees was very positive.  Industry are interested in contributing to the progression of the SR2S technologies readiness level over the next two decades.  We look forward to receiving the means to advance the SR2S project after it will end this December, aiming to bring the SR2S shield technologies to market within the not too distant future.”

Project coordinator, Roberto Battiston chaired the workshop and SR2S project partners presented the progress of the SR2S project to participants in the workshop. Topics that were discussed included:

  • The current challenges of going to space and space exploration
  • The need for superconducting magnets for radiation protection in space
  • Technologies (quench protection, low power cryo -cooling, efficient thermal insulation, low weight high performance superconducting cables)  which would  require industrial development
  • The characteristics of  SR2S magnetic designs
  • A detailed study of radiation dose simulation during deep space missions

Workshop organizer, Dr Bertrand Baudouy of CEA said:

“I was delighted with the large turnout for the SR2S workshop. The participation of a wide variety of expert speakers and the quality of their presentations underlined the importance and critical need for the SR2S protective shielding mechanism to be brought to full commercialization.”

The SR2S project will end in December 2015. However, the success of this project will provide a pathway for the further development of the protective shield for astronauts which should be launched in the market within the next 2 decades.

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The SR2S project is nearing completion. Project partners presented their technological achievements at the final project dissemination event in Brussels in December 2015. To read more about this event, click here.

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The final project review meeting will take place in January 2016. Further information and final project results will be available after this date.

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