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STEPS – Sistemi e Tecnologie per l’EsPlorazione Spaziale – FASE 2

STEPS – System and technologies for space exploration – Phase 2

In a previous post, STEPS has been presented: in 2009 the Piedmont Region and Thales Alenia Space, together with the Politecnico di Torino, Turin University, the University of Eastern Piedmont, ALTEC and 23 SMEs based in the region begun a research project that ended in 2012. The successful project involved a huge number of scientists and engineers, young and experts, on the space exploration topics and allowed the development of a series of real and virtual demonstrators and technological areas.

The success of the project pushed the Piedmont Region to continue the research activities with a second phase of the project. STEPS - 2 (Sistemi e Tecnologie per l'EsPlorazione Spaziale – Phase 2) is a research project co-founded by EU on the "Misura Piattaforme Innovative" - Phase 2 of POR FESR 2007/2013.

During thesecond phase, some of the technologies studied and developed during the first phase have been selected as the most interesting to be fully developed because they are considered critical for future manned missions to outer space.

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