Sistemi e Tecnologie per l'EsPlorazione Spaziale


Period: 2009-2011


ThalesAlenia Space Italia, Torino Business Units


3 large Industries, 27 SMEs, 3 Universities and one public Research Centre


STEPS is a Piemonte regional research project, it is the acronym of Sistemi e Tecnologie per l’EsPlorazione Spaziale (Systems and Tecnlogies for the Space Exploration).

STEPS is a joint development of Technologies for Space Exploration by 3 large Industries, 27 SMEs, 3 Universities and one public Research Centre. It is coordinated by ThalesAlenia Space Italia, Torino Business Units (Space Infrastructures & Transportation, and Optical Observation and Science), in the framework of robotic and human Space Exploration. STEPS develops virtual and hardware demonstrators for a range of technologies for the descent, soft landing and surface mobility of both robotic and manned equipment on Moon and Mars. It also foresees the development of Teleoperations labs, Concurrent Engineering and Virtual Reality environments and physical simulations of Moon and Mars surface conditions and ground. Two key hardware demonstrators (Lander and Rover demonstrators) fit in a context of international cooperation for the exploration of Moon and Mars, as envisaged by leading Space Agencies worldwide.

STEPS is divided into 14 Work Packages and Thales Alenia Space is the project leader.

Politecnico di Torino, University of Turin and several small and medium companies are involved in such a project. 

The Department of Aeronautics and Space Engineering is a partner in most of these WPs, our group is involved in WPs 1F, 1G and 1H.

In this file is reported the contribution of MUL2 group in STEPS project.

MUL2 Investigators

Erasmo Carrera, Maria Cinefra