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2022.02.09 Article
FHP and the exoplanet shaped like a rugby ball
It is called Wasp-103b, has 1.5 times the mass and twice the diameter of Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System. It is an exoplanet in the shape of a rugby ball and was discovered by a team led by Portuguese researcher Susana Barros, from the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IAstro). An achievement carried out within the scope of an ESA - European Space Agency mission involving the CHEOPS (Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite), whose accuracy confirmed the astronomers' assumptions. A project that counts with the significant participation of Portuguese companies, among which FHP - Frezite High Performance, the Group's space company.

2021.12.15 Article
FHP in the Portuguese Space Catalogue

The catalogue Portugal Space - Overview of the Portuguese Space Ecosystem presents an in-depth portrait of the Portuguese space sector ecosystem. This document includes 52 companies, namely FHP - space company of the FREZITE Group - and 30 research centres.

See the catalogue here: https://lnkd.in/d-4qr2tE


2021.12.02 Article
FHP renews its facilities

The first phase of the expansion of FHP facilities, in Oporto, was concluded, creating a more attractive space for the employees and to receive clients and visitors. With this, FHP doubled the area of offices, where the divisions of Research & Development, LMC - Lightweight Mechanical Components, MHW - Mechanical Hardware, THW - Thermal Hardware and Quality are now installed. 


2021.11.19 Article
FHP participates in Space Tech

This is the main meeting point in Europe for space business, technology, and innovation. The event with the participation of FHP - at the collective Portugal Space booth - was held between the 16th and 18th of November in Bremen, Germany. Between the exhibition and the Space Tech Expo Europe conferences the latest developments of technical designers, sub-system suppliers, manufacturers, and components through system integrators for civil, military, and commercial space were presented to the market.


2021.11.10 Article
FHP in CORDIS for its participation in LEA

The article appears on the CORDIS portal, which publishes research results in the European Union, and refers to FHP's participation in LEA - Large European Antenna, the first large deployable reflector subsystem in Europe. The ever-increasing demand for information collected by satellites requires larger on-board antenna reflectors. With a diameter of five meters, the LEA has been subjected to several tests on the ground, to prove its suitability for use in space. FHP was involved in the antenna's structure. See here the reference to the FREZITE space company.


2021.10.28 Article
ESA Representative visits FHP

On the 26th of October FHP received a visit from the Country Desk Officer of Portugal from the European Space Agency that visited the space company of the FREZITE Group together with a team from Portugal Space. The ESA representative is part of the Industrial Policy Division of the European organization that oversees the space area. This initiative to visit the Portuguese companies supplying ESA with the highest turnover in the last years, was promoted by the Portuguese aeronautics cluster and proved to be very useful to both entities. It’s FHP sharing its ambitions, with doors open to the world.


2021.10.20 Article
FHP supports Portuguese team in EuRoC

The EuRoC - European Rocketry Challenge, a European contest to launch rockets designed and assembled by university students involved, for the first time, a Portuguese team. FHP provided technical support to this team, from IST - Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa, in the event happened between October 11 and 17 at the Ponte de Sôr aerodrome. The initiative took place simultaneously with the 5th edition of the Portugal Air Summit (PAS), the largest aviation, space and defence summit in the Iberian Peninsula also one of the largest in Europe. See here.


2021.10.18 Article
FHP partner in the Biomedical Engineering Summit

Addressing issues of relevance in the field of Biomedical Engineering, the second edition of the Biomedical Engineering Summit 2021 provided the sharing of knowledge on the latest technological advances in the health area. It took place between 3 and 5 September at Ordem dos Engenheiros – in Lisbon and Porto – and was supported by FHP, which challenged the participants to explore the potential of aerospace technologies in biomedical applications area. This is FHP investing in cutting-edge partnerships.


2021.09.03 Article
... and integrates a satellite that will photograph stars and find planets
The FHP team has finalized – during the months of July and August – two integration campaigns, namely the thermal protections – designed and produced in Oporto – for the PLATO satellite (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars). The company developed the payload module for the active part of the satellite – instruments of maximum importance – namely its 26 cameras. PLATO aims to photograph more than 100 thousand stars, and primarily to find planets like Earth not only in terms of size, but also in their ability to be habitable or not.

2021.08.27 Article
FHP finishes integrations in the satellite that will explore Jupiter
The JUICE satellite (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer), which aims to explore Jupiter's moons, is located at ESA's (European Space Agency) technical headquarters in the Netherlands, where it is being submitted to a complete set of tests to prove its flight capability. FHP – Frezite High Performance finished this year the integration and test campaigns that brought the team to several European ESA facilities – Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands. The validation phase is currently underway, and the JUICE is expected to fly in June 2022.

2021.07.29 Article
... participates in the first German telecommunication satellite
After the design and production of the thermal protections in Oporto, the FHP team has executed the first part of the integration of the thermal protections in the first telecommunications satellite (satcom) of OHB (third European satellite manufacturer, after AIRBUS and Thales Alenia Space). Named after German physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz – who demonstrated the existence of electromagnetic radiation – the H2Sat was commissioned by DLR - German Space Agency for commercial purposes.

2021.07.20 Article
FHP in spectrometer dedicated to smallsats

FHP is involved in the development, manufacturing, integration, and testing of a structure (Cover Assembly) for the ELOIS instrument - a compact and lightweight hyperspectral imager for a Belgian company acting in aerospace technology. In this way, FHP makes its debut supplying simultaneous the thermal and structure protection. Besides the MLI multilayer coating, FHP will supply the panels of the structure, the OSR mirrors (optical solar reflector) and the radiator, assuring more complex and integrated solutions to its customers. The contract also includes a pre-test (shaker test) of the final structure before delivery of the final hardware.


2021.06.15 Article
Concluded the participation in Europe `s largest antenna

It constitutes an important achievement, not only for the WeLEA - Europe ´s consortium of highly specialized companies, but also for FHP, by opening doors for other activities that converged in a contract to supply a deployable antenna for the Copernicus CIMR mission.  With a diameter of 5 meters, the LEA - Large European Antenna has in its structure composite tubes (and thermal protection) produced by FHP to support all the loads incurred during the launch of the antenna (rigidity), as well as to guarantee the necessary stability for the good performance of the antenna during its period of use around the Earth. The LEA project started in 2017 and has been concluded by conducting several tests on the ground to prove that the antenna is capable of being used in Space. It is the first hardware of its kind in Europe and the successor mission, CIMR, will fly as early as 2025.

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2021.03.19 Article
FHP completes RADEM for JUICE mission

The 72 hours bake-out of the Radiation-hard Electron Monitor (RADEM) aims to protect the sensitive instruments on board the satellite that integrates the mission of ESA - European Space Agency to Jupiter (JUICE). This operation was carried out in the bake-out chamber that FHP - Frezite High Performance has installed in its headquarters in Porto. The molecules are potential contamination threats in case of condensation on sensitive surfaces. RADEM is now ready for use and will soon be integrated in the launch of the JUICE satellite next year. Scheduled to arrive at Jupiter in 2029, JUICE will spend at least 3 years observing in detail the planet Jupiter and its three largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.


2021.03.03 Video
FHP involved in reflector for an Earth Observation satellite

FHP - Frezite High Performance is participating in the manufacture of the carbon tubes that is part of the structure of a large reflector, supported by an arm that can fly on the next Copernicus mission. It is a folding structure weighing 42 kilos and measuring about six meters developed - from materials to engineering - entirely by European countries. An investment of half a million euros with launch scheduled for 2026. At stake is Europe's independence in terms of Earth observation.

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2020.10.22 Institutional
FHP and Cryogenics
The multi-layer coating (MLI) in which FHP is the specialist is an efficient thermal protection in the cryogenics market. The know-how acquired by the FREZITE Group company allows it to develop solutions in this field that have applications in different industries from the medical area to the transport sector. FHP is growing...

2020.09.14 Article with video
FHP coating used on an antenna in a mission to Jupiter

JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) is one of the major scientific missions of the European Space Agency's Cosmic Vision programme. The satellite, to be launched in 2022, is expected to reach Jupiter after a long gravity-assisted journey around Venus, Earth and Mars. The built-in multi-layer-coated antenna (MLI) produced by FHP should provide two-way communications between the JUICE satellite and Earth to analyse the atmospheres and gravitational fields of the planet and several of its moons. Another relevant FHP participation in the exploration of the planet Jupiter! Watch a video of the functional tests here: 
 

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2020.08.24 Article
FHP participates in the development of air transport solutions
FHP is working on the definition, identification, studies and development of structural insulation - thermal and acoustic - for the elements that make up FLY.PT's modular air transport solution. This involves the combination of an autonomous electric vehicle (AEV) with an autonomous aerial vehicle (UAV or drone), by coupling/uncoupling a cabin for two to four people or two people with luggage. It makes FHP an active partner at the forefront of e-mobility solutions.

2020.07.27 Article
FHP in the space program Copernicus

FHP will participate in the manufacture of new satellites for the European programme Copernicus whose objective is to put at least 12 more satellites in orbit for better Earth observation. FREZITE heads a list of four Portuguese companies and one institute involved in a 10 million euro funded contract under ESA - European Space Agency.


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2020.07.06 Article
FHP participation in NASA images
In these photos and video we can see the participation of FHP - Frezite High Performance in the Spanish Optical Telescope that is in the International Space Station. Note that FHP provided the MLI (multilayer insulation), a thermal insulator that is often used in space vehicles showing next to the astronaut in the image transmitted by NASA. It is special!

2020.06.08 Article
FHP in the Satlantis camera

FHP in the Satlantis camera The Spanish optical telescope will be launched today in a Japanese JAXA HTV-9 spacecraft for the International Space Station, which represents human presence in space. It incorporates Portuguese hardware developed by FHP. Pride!


2020.04.29 Article with video
FHP collaborates with CEiiA in the production of ventilators

As part of the Atena project, CEiiA (Centre of Excellence for Automotive Industry Innovation) is involved in the production of a prototype ventilator and has FHP as its supplier. The goal is to leverage the production of fans to combat the Covid-19 virus in Portugal.
By the end of April CEiiA is expected to produce 100 ventilators and it is estimated to produce a few thousand in the coming months.
Photo: Pedro Granadeiro/Global Imagens
 

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2020.02.20 Article
FHP in space telescope
The CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) space telescope, which involved FHP in the development and manufacture of its thermal protection, revealed its first image of space. Launched in December and led by the European Space Agency (ESA), it has the unique ability to accurately determine the size of exoplanets in the range between the Super Lands and the Neptunnes, representing the outcome of 10 years of work and investment.
Image credits: ESA/ATG Medialab

2020.02.13 Article
FHP on the Solar Orbiter Probe
On February 10th, was launched the Solar Orbiter, an artificial solar observation satellite dedicated to solar and heliospheric physics developed by the European Space Agency.
The probe developed with NASA support, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in the United States of America (USA) and its mission is to collect information about the Sun's poles.
This project counted with the FHP participation in the development of multilayers isolations (MLIs) for the thermal dummies.
The Orbiter Solar Probe is already in space and has Portuguese technology incorporated.

2019.12.17 Article
FHP in Cheops satellite that will study planets outside our solar system
FHP has been involved in the design and manufacturing of the MLI blankets for the Optical Telescope Assembly (OTA) of the CHEOPS mission (first S-class mission from ESA - https://sci.esa.int/web/cheops).
The MLI blankets have been manufactured in FHP’s cleanroom in Porto and assembled at Uni Bern (https://cheops.unibe.ch/).
CHEOPS is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 09:54 CET on 17 December 2019 and, could be followed here https://esawebtv.esa.int/.

2019.12.02 Article
FHP produces first set of tubes in filament widding
In July 2019, were delivered the first set of tubes developed to LEA – Large European Antenna developed under the Filtube project.
This is an important milestone since these are the first set of tubes produced by FHP and should be the start of a business area considered strategic for the Company future.
FHP is also expected to send a total of 120 tubes to the customer by the end of the year, thereby ending its participation in the LEA project and gaining structure to provide tubes in ESA future missions.

2019.07.25 Article
Portugal Space Agency President Visit FHP
The visit of the Portuguese Space Agency committee led by its President, Chiara Manfletti, took place on last July 23 and was the motto to present the new FHP facilities and know- how in Thermal Hardware, Mechanical Hardware and Lightweight Mechanical Components.

2019.07.18 Article
FHP integrates consortium for the largest antenna for Space
Focused on the challenges of the aeronautical and space market, FHP - Frezite High Performance is now part of the consortium that won the contract of ESA (European Space Agency) for the development of the LEOB Project: the largest european antenna for space observation. The consortium will be responsible for the developing of this ambitious project, which involves advanced FHP´s engineering technologies to the "NewSpace" market. This is an unprecedented participation which opens new horizons to FREZITE Group.

2019.07.16 Article
FHP celebrates the 50th anniversary of arrival to the Moon
On 15th July, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Man to the Moon took place at the Gil Vicente Academic Theater, in Coimbra, Portugal. The event was held by IPN, University of Coimbra, Portugal Space, ANI, Ciência Viva and MCTES. This celebration also had the purpose to present the next phase of PT ESA Space Solutions (BICs, Brokers and ESA BUSINESS Applications), the "Portugal New Space Entrepreneurship Initiative 2030". FHP sponsored this ceremony, that was attended by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. Manuel Heitor, PT Space Agency President, Chiara Manfletti, and a representative of European Space Agency (ESA). Júlio Resende, a great portuguese pianist, closed the event with a beautiful concert where he presented his new album “Cinderella Cybrog!” that praises the arrival of Man to the Moon.

2019.06.25 Article
FHP exhibits at the Paris Air Show 2019
FHP was one of the Portuguese companies exhibiting in the Portuguese booth, presented at Paris Air Show 2019, one of the most important world events in the Aeronautics, Space and Defense sectors, which is already in its 53rd edition. Between 17th and 23rd June, in Le Bourget, France, FHP has integrated the portuguese delegation, composed by more than 30 entities from the state business sector and the BTID (Technological and Industrial Defense Base), in Aeronautics and Space clusters and in the Defense and Security sectors. The Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Portuguese Ministry of National Defense, João Cravinho, as well as the Portuguese Secretary of State for Industrialization, Eurico Brilhante Dias, made a visit to the Portuguese stand, where they highlighted the great progress in aeronautical sector since the last decade. The event brought together more than 2,300 exhibitors representing 50 countries.

2019.02.20 Institutional
New identity: FHP - Frezite High Performance
Following the process of strategic integration into the business universe of the FREZITE Group, the company HPS "High Performance Structures Gestão e Engenharia Lda" acquired last year, changed its name, address, logotype and corporate image to FHP - Frezite High Performance, Lda. The main objective of the newly named company is now to hire highly qualified human resources, in order to position FHP in a highly competitive sector, expanding its business to new areas.

2019.02.18 Article
FHP makes its debut at JEC WORLD
Recently changed, FHP - Frezite High Performance, was presented to the market with a new brand at JEC World, the leading international composites show held in Paris Nord-Villepinte from March 12 to 14. In France, FHP - Frezite High Performance participated in its first international exhibition, presenting advanced engineering technologies for new applications. The experience of space into terrestrial applications was the motto of the company that presented in the show solutions in MLI, MGSE and LMC. A successful participation in which the company, besides the new brand, presented to visitors and partners a renewed portfolio of solutions.

2019.01.05 Institutional
FHP with new facilities

Re-installed in the Porto Business area, in facilities appropriate to the company's objectives, FHP - Frezite High Performance aims to expand its business portfolio and leverage some of its advanced engineering technologies. Betting on new and bigger challenges, the company seeks to serve the markets: space, aeronautics, automotive and cryogenics. To boost this expansion, the FREZITE Group plans to invest one million euros this year in production and test equipment’s.


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