FAR 2022 will host the EFESTO workshop EFESTO Technology Roadmap Consolidated Design Review PDR_NEWS CEF Session Mission Applications EFESTO Team The Team at the Kick-Off

EFESTO aims at (1) the definition of critical space mission scenarios (Earth and Mars applications) enabled by the use of advanced inflatable Thermal Protection Systems (TPS), (2) characterization of the operative environment and (3) validation by tests of both the flexible materials needed for the thermal protection (flexible thermal blanket will be tested in arcjet facility in both Earth and Martian environments) and the inflatable structure at 1:2 scale (exploring the morphing dynamics and materials response from packed to fully inflated configuration). These results will be injected into the consolidated design of a future In-Orbit Demonstrator mission.


The EFESTO end goal is to improve the TRL of Inflatable Heat Shields for re-entry vehicles from 3 to 4/5, and pave the way towards further improvements: TRL 6 with a future In-Orbit Demonstrator.


Find EFESTO in the Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), the European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation.


19-23 June 2022

EFESTO Workshop @ FAR2022

The H2020 EFESTO project workshop will be held at the FAR workshop at the 2nd International Conference on Flight Vehicles, Aerothermodynamics and Re-entry Missions Engineering (FAR) organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) in Heilbronn, Germany,

HIAD Inflatable Structure Fabrication and Test

The first tests of the EFESTO Inflatable Structure have been very successful.

May 2021

EFESTO is getting in good shape

The European inflatable technology has been defined in its detailed design.

February 2021

A new European flexible heatshield prototype has born.

The first prototype of the EFESTO space inflatable heatshield is already under testing.

December 15th, 2020

The European flexible heatshield through its Consolidated Design Review

The H2020 EFESTO project has successfully completed CDR review.

12-14 October 2020

EFESTO at the IAC2020 with double contribution

The EFESTO project is presented to the first ever fully digital edition of the International Astronautical Congress.

February 2020

The Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator Preliminary Design is out!

The EFESTO PDR completed successfully. Now the Detail Design has started aiming at the test campaign.

January 28th 2020

Milestone 3 accomplished!

Preliminary Design Review, Steering commitee #2, Security Advisory Board #2

30 Sept. - 03 October

The floor to EFESTO at the FAR2019

EFESTO was at the ESA International Conference on Flight Vehicles, Aerothermodynamics and Re-entry Missions & Engineering - FAR2019 - in Monopoli, Italy


EFESTO in the EASN Newsletter

EFESTO is in the third EASN (European Aeronautics Science Network) periodic Newsletter for 2019!

June 5th 2019

First newsletter issue

The first release of our newsletter is out!

Beyond the current space missions limits though the inflatable heat shields

The EFESTO H2020 Project completes Milestone 2, defining Earth and Mars scenarios.

Progress Meeting and CEF Session

The EFESTO Team is currently working at the DLR Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF).