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Fraunhofer INT LIVE: analyses with KATI on the topics On-Orbit-Servicing and 5G

The Fraunhofer INT presents the IT and data-based system for technology foresight KATI (Knowledge Analytics for Technology and Innovation). Dr. Marcus John, head of the project, will perform live analyses with KATI on the topics On-Orbit-Servicing (OOS) and 5G (with regard to aerospace). Furthermore you can contribute your own topics.

About Fraunhofer INT

The Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT creates, and continually updates, a comprehensive overview of the general research and technology landscape and of the entire spectrum of technological development. We consolidate the general overview with our own specialized analyses and forecasts in selected technologies and by our own theoretical and experimental work in the field of electromagnetic and nuclear effects.


Technology Foresight with KATI

Technology Foresight helps corporations, ministries and other public sector clients to identify future developments in technology, to analyze their significance, and to transpose results into strategic planning. To this end, the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT has set up a unique 360° Technology Scanning and Monitoring service. This science observatory is a window for the continuous watching of all relevant areas of science and technology.

The project builds on both the content and methodology expertise of the scientists working in technology foresight and analysis – combining years of experience in data-driven foresight at Fraunhofer INT. KATI pursues several goals:

  • The system is designed to unlock the vast amount of information available, including scientific publications, patents and internet sources for technology foresight, and to generate new knowledge from it
  • The concept is to support scientists in their technology foresight work. As well as efficient literature research, this includes further analyses useful for the content-related development of a subject, plus its evaluation
  • On top of these analytical functions, future investigation will be looking at the extent to which cognitive computing and machine learning methods can be applied to technology foresight

The Actor Landscape

Apart from content-related aspects of a technology field, client interest often focuses on the question of exactly who is concerned with which sub-aspects. By analyzing the actor landscape at country, institution or author level, many questions can be answered. From the activities of individual players and their temporal dynamics it is possible to deduce where research priorities are being set and how these will shift over time.

Analyzing Cooperation Networks

Scientists rarely work alone; they are usually part of a team. This gives rise to cooperation networks, and their analysis is an integral part of analyzing the actor landscape – a task for KATI. Such analyses are useful where potential cooperation partners need to be identified, for example. In this context, interactive visualizations are a prerequisite for generating profitable insights from analysis work.

Key Publications

One challenge for technology analyses is identifying key publications – publications that are particularly well suited to familiarization with a subject and recognizing current developments. KATI offers various possibilities for this. It applies metrics developed at Fraunhofer INT on the basis of INT staff expertise. The interactive visualizations allow the user to view research results from different perspectives.

Irradiation testing for space applications

The INT performs irradiation tests based on international standards and advises companies regarding radiation qualification and hardening of components and systems. The knowledge obtained in years of radiation testing is also used for the development of new radiation sensor systems. These activities are performed either at irradiation facilities installed at the INT or at partner institutions to which our scientists have regular access.

A multitude of modern equipment to measure electrical and optical parameters is available. Furthermore our institute runs a precision mechanical workshop and an electronic laboratory. This enables us to conduct most of the irradiation tests without help or equipment of the customer.

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High Power Electromagnetics (HPEM) as Defense against Drones

Because of their reconnaissance and payload capabilities - explosive devices for example - unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) represent a threat to military and civilian facilities. Given the increasing autonomy of UAS, effectors based on high power electromagnetic radiation (HPEM) could prove to be a promising alternative to other defense systems. Mainly developed for the civilian market, UAS electronics are designed only for the electromagnetic background levels permitted in public areas. Technical weapon systems that generate electromagnetic fields far beyond the limits of this legal protection framework can directly interfere with processes in on-board electronics. The Fraunhofer INT conducts laboratory tests on UAS, to evaluate their sensitivity to electromagnetic interference. The goal is to develop appropriate countermeasures on the basis of HPEM.

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Fraunhofer Space Alliance

Bringing together 17 institutes, the Fraunhofer Space Alliance conducts applied research in the field of industrial space technology. Fraunhofer acts as systems provider, developing a wide range of top-quality components, integrating them into an overall system and delivering that system to the customer. The sheer technological varie­ty of the participating institutes enables the Fraunhofer Space Alliance to offer its customers a unique range of services.

Virtual Satellite – Competences of the Fraunhofer Space Alliance

Virtual Satellite – Competences of the Fraunhofer Space Alliance

The Virtual Satellite provides a comprehensive overview of the space-specific competences of the Fraunhofer Space Alliance. This idealized satellite contains numerous technologies and components of the Alliance’s 17 member institutes. Apart from the satellite, nanosatellite ERNST, environmental influences like solar flares and space debris as well as terrestrial competences are presented.

Virtual Satellite

Fraunhofer Technology for Space Missions

Fraunhofer Technology for Space Missions

The Fraunhofer Space Alliance and its institutes have contributed to many different space missions. The vast majority of these missions have been or are currently operated by the European Space Agency ESA. The wall gives an overview of Fraunhofer‘s space activities from the 1970s to the near future. The missions are ordered by launch year. Fraunhofer Space Alliance will continue to support the space industry with state of the art technology for space applications.

Fraunhofer Space Alliance Mission Wall