EFESTO-2: main project outcomes at RV#1 and forthcoming results EFESTO-2 project in first technical review with European Commission EFESTO-2 at the International Astronautical Congress in Baku Consortium Intermediate Review Conference Graphic EFESTO-2 at the Aerospace Europe Conference in Lausanne A new beginning EFESTO Technology Roadmap Consolidated Design Review FAR 2022 will host the EFESTO workshop

EFESTO-2 is the natural follow-on of the project EFESTO (H2020 grant 821801) and aims to increase the European know-how and technology capabilities in the Inflatable Heat Shields (IHS) field. It will lean on the great achievements obtained in the frame of the father project EFESTO by implementing the needed forward advance to improve the current TRL for future re-entry missions.

The project pillars are:

  1. to consolidate the use-case applicability through a deep business case analysis for a meaningful space application
  2. to extend the investigation spectrum of the father project “EFESTO” to other critical aspects of the IHS field
  3. to increase the confidence level and robustness of tools/models and know-how developed in the frame of the father project “EFESTO”
  4. to ensure continuity in presiding the IHS field in Europe among the scientific and industrial community

The inflatable heat shields can be considered a fundamental means to decelerate and protect the space system during re-entry, thus providing a key contribution to the functions of re-entry and descent. Therefore EFESTO-2 will satisfactorily fulfil the objectives of the Horizon Europe call “HORIZON-CL4-2021-SPACE-01-23”, contributing to the part of the scope strictly related to entry/descent systems and solutions.


EFESTO-2 will contribute to:

  • the expansion of commercial space transportation offers and services because the maturation of Inflatable Heat Shields will allow their applicability to recovery and reuse launcher’s stages
  • execution of design and performance studies as well as business cases analysis with ad-hoc work packages
  • maturation of relevant technologies up to TRL 5-6 through a ground test campaign
  • matching the EU Green Deal objective because the maturation of Inflatable Heat Shields technology can replace propulsion devices in end-of-life disposal/de-orbiting of space systems, hence reducing the environmental impact of space debris and chemical propulsion.

Find EFESTO-2 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.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 1010811041.


14th-19th April, 2024

EFESTO-2 Team attended the HiSST2024 in Busan – Korea

EFESTO-2 Team attended the 3rd International Conference on High-Speed Vehicle Science and Technology (HiSST2024) organized in Busan – Korea from 14 to 19 April 2024.

January 2024

EFESTO-2 Project Triumphs in First Technical Review with European Commission

The EFESTO-2 project successfully completed its inaugural technical review with the European Commission, showcasing remarkable progress and achievements in the first part of the project. 

October 2023

EFESTO-2 at the 74th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)

Exciting Progress and Participation in EFESTO-2 Project Showcased at 74th International Astronautical Congress in Baku, Azerbaijan

September 2023

EFESTO-2 Milestone Achievement with Successful Intermediate Review #1

The EFESTO-2 project, a collaborative endeavour involving leading European aerospace organizations, proudly announces a significant milestone achieved during its Intermediate Review #1, held at DLR Bremen, Germany, with the presence of all project partners. 

July 25th, 2023

Empowering Young Minds: EFESTO-2 Consortium Collaborates with SEEDS Students in Knowledge-Sharing Venture

The EFESTO-2 Consortium recently collaborated with the SEEDS students, a master's program in Space Exploration and Development Systems, in an inspiring knowledge-sharing venture.