Space Composite Structures Denmark
+45 9383 6595
Download article as pdf
Lighter, stronger and much better
Structures in space need to meet the toughest standards and for Denmark’s newest space company that means business
Damir Ljubicic hands over a piece of cylinder shaped aluminum. It feels light, strong and very well build but according to the founder and CEO of Space Composite Structures Denmark it is an obsolete product:
- Aluminum has done well in space crafts and satellites for generations but compared to our composite structures it is the material of the past. To make a point Mr. Ljubicic hands over another cylinder-shaped piece of the same size but this time in composite. It is obviously much lighter and according to the CEO also stronger. Point taken.
A one stop shop
The core product of Space Composite Structures Denmark are struts in different shapes and sizes, and customers only have to go to one place since the Danish company takes care of everything:
- We are a one stop shop for space structures, Damir Ljubicic says. - Filament wound composites structures for Space applications: design, engineering, manufacturing, test, verifications & integration support – we do it all. Regarding manufacturing support solutions for non-space companies, the Danish company has a lot to offer in the field of composite technology: Shorter time-to-marked period by in-sourcing of composite production lines. Filament winding, hand layup and bonding for industry and academia.
- Our customers gain the latest and the greatest composite manufacturing know-how and flexible on-demand support when their own organization is too large and too slow to implement a new composite production line, according to the CEO.
All his money on the table
Although Space Composite Structures Denmark was founded in 2017 it is a company based on many years of experience in the space business. Both Damir Ljubicic and his employees are trained space engineers and they come from a background in another Danish space company, that is no longer in business. The founder explains:
- The space business in Denmark is quite small, everybody knows each other but at the same time your market is all over the world. That is two characteristics that I like and they are the reason that I decided to form my own company when that became an option.
Damir Ljubicic put all his money on the table and together with support from a local innovation institute and a loan from The Danish Growth Fund the company was founded in Odense in the center of Denmark. Among the customers are Airbus Defence & Space and the European Space Agency.
Industrialization of composites
The future plans for the young company are already on the table and they are based on two tracks:
- Composite is beyond any doubt the future material of space crafts and satellites and the next step will be to industrialize and standardize the design and manufacturing of the composite parts in order to bring costs down. Bringing the cost down is slowly, but steady becoming the main parameter in the New Space – business outside the frame of the space agencies. This is a process that we expect Space Composite Structures Denmark to play its role in, Mr. Ljubicic says.
In addition to the industrialization of composites the company also plans to bring a new product to the market: Grid structure tubes to an affordable price. Grid structure tubes has been used in Russian space crafts for many years but it is an extremely expensive product which Space Composite Structures Denmark has developed a way to manufacture much cheaper.
- Grid structures in composite is lighter, stronger and much better than any other space structures and I firmly believe that we will the first to manufacture such a fantastic product to a price the customers are willing to pay, the CEO and founder makes it clear, passing the one exemplar of an Anisogrid tube on – it is even lighter than the one we held before.
FACTS: The struts in space were originally made by steel and aluminum. Then the longer metallic center part was replaced by composite still having the ends made by steel in metal. Space Composite Structures Denmark has developed a manufacturing technology that makes it possible to make the entire strut in the lighter and stronger composite material: Black Struts(TM)