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Thermal vacuum space-test laboratory
The laboratory is set around a thermal vacuum chamber for testing space environment simulation. The vacuum chamber, developed by Telstar, is cylindrical shaped and has 1 meter diameter and 1.4 meters height. The chamber is used to test space simulation and behaviour analysis of microsatellites and other space equipment. The systems are under similar temperature and vacuum conditions that they suffer in space. The equipment is used for both qualification tests on Earth and acceptance of systems which travel to space (flight models).
The chamber can reach a vacuum level of 10-5 Pa, the temperature range is between –150 ºC and +180 ºC. Such values allow bringing the equipments and space systems under a similar conditions to those experienced in space. Such conditions simulate a satellite exposed to sunlight without the atmosphere protection or extremely cold environment like at eclipse zone.
In the same pace it is available also a cleanroom class 100000 (Class M 6.5 in IS nomenclature), which is used for assembly tasks and systems integration in space.
Concurrent engineering Facility (Concurrent Design Facility, CDF)
The concurrent engineering facility is an integrated environment for multidisciplinary applications design, based on the concurrent engineering methodology. This facility has been created thanks to an agreement signed with European Space Agency (ESA) in July 2011 for educational purposes at IDR/UPM. It is used for the preliminary design of vehicles and space missions.
The facility allows team of people from different technical disciplines to work together. The workroom supports up to twelve simultaneous working positions. The room has 12 computers as well as an audiovisual environment that allows communication and sharing of work.
Different computers are connected between them, and to the audiovisual environment, which allows the system engineer to control the information displayed both in general screens as well as each member position. Connection between the computers also allows shared use of computer applications. Its main features are: concurrent engineering through teamwork, tool integration, project data and simultaneous participation of all domains of the mission. This includes planning, integration, testing, operations, costs, risk analysis, CAD and simulation.
The facility consists of a server and twelve workstations with the following capacities:
  • Data and files sharing
  • Centralized management. Sessions control
  • Images sharing
  • Connectivity with another one in real time
  • Recording and broadcast sessions
  • Working Together - concurrent engineering
Design laboratory and prototyping
Besides graphical engineering facilities and manufacturing workshops in ETSIAE, IDR/UPM has its own laboratory. You have the facility to produce models and prototypes. This facility has different types of equipment: lathe, drill presses, welding equipment, etc… and two numerically controlled milling machines, which allow machining parts plant up to 80 cm long and 60 cm wide in one of them, and plant parts with up to 50 cm square in another one.
It also has two 3D printers used for both prototyping in the aerospace institute and test models manufacturing in other areas of activity at IDR/UPM (wind tunnel tests).