ESA-VSC Laboratory

High Power Space Materials

The ESA-VSC European High Power Space Materials Laboratory is specialized in investigating novel materials and surface treatments that could enhance the RF power capabilities in modern satellites.

1 clean room

100,000 class (ISO 8)

75 sqm

clean area

5 vacuum


-100 ºC to +500 ºC

SEY temperature range

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Services provided by the laboratory

The European High Power Space Materials Laboratory is specialized in providing the following researching and testing services:

The importance of merging

Physics + Engineering

When testing high power RF components, a fast and exhaustive study of the materials properties is required for a successful diagnostic.

In this laboratory, physics and engineering merge to mitigate these destructive phenomena that happen in space (multipactor, corona,…).

This modern laboratory is complementary to the ESA-VSC European High Power RF Space Laboratory inaugurated in June 2010.

And an important

Added value

An additional asset to the laboratory is the know-how of the team as well as the diagnostic capabilities which are essential in mitigating the breakdown phenomena.

The laboratory relies on an ISO 8 – 100,000 class – clean room with a total working area of 75 sqm.

Being a laboratory of the ESA’s Radio Frequency Payloads and Technology Division, the confidentiality of the results is fully guaranteed.

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The laboratory has a 100,000 class (ISO 8) certified clean room ready to test and validate flight models.

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X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) is a technique used for measuring the composition of elements within the material. For that purpose, the material is irradiated by an X-ray source and the electrons with different kinetic energies are analyzed. The system is also equipped with an Ultra Violet source which allows performing the analysis with low energy photons (UPS).

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The option to grow crystalline thin films is possible due to the Evaporator system. Substrates as large as thirty centimetres can be used for growing metals by evaporation.

Two different methods can be applied: heating or electron collisions accelerated by a magnetic field.

  • venting


The venting facility is composed of a vacuum system and a mass spectrometer. This technique allows the estimation of the time need to reach a given pressure.

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Location and contact

The ESA-VSC European High Power Space Materials Laboratory is located at the facilities of Val Space Consortium in Valencia (Spain), within the premises of the Engineering School at the Burjassot-Paterna Campus of Universitat de València.


European High Power Space Materials Laboratory
Val Space Consortium
Engineering School
Universitat de València
Avenida de la Universidad s/n
46100 Burjassot (Valencia)  – Spain

Technical contact

David Raboso García-Baquero
Manager of the laboratory
Tel: +34 96 2051404
Fax: +34 96 2051402

Technical contact

Benito Gimeno Martínez
Deputy Manager of the laboratory
Tel: +34 96 3544557
Fax: +34 96 3543146

Technical and Administrative contact

David Argilés Ortiz
VSC Managing director
Tel: +34 96 2051405
Fax: +34 96 2051402

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