CIRA is a non-profit shareholding Consortium founded in July 1984. The main shareholders are ASI (Italian Space Agency), CNR (National Research Council), Consorzio ASI/Regione Campania and the main Italian aerospace industries. CIRA operates according to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). The Italian government has entrusted CIRA to manage the PRORA (Italian Aerospace Research Program).
CIRA is an active member in European groups: EREA (Research Establishments for Aeronautics), GARTEUR (Group for Aeronautic R&T), ACARE (Advisory Committee for Aeronautic Research), ACARE-Italia. CIRA as a member of EREA (European Research Establishment Association,) the network of national research centers in Europe, is ensuring a coordinated contribution to European integration and SRA implementation, at a National and European level.
Since 1985, CIRA has successfully executed and participated to a very large number of R&TD projects supporting and cooperating with international and national aerospace industry, Research Establishment, Universities, within EC Framework programs, ESA contracts, etc. CIRA was involved from the beginning on EC FPs implementation and currently is both partner and coordinator of several FP7 projects.
In CIRA works TEMA group: specialized on composites materials, prototyping structures, manufacturing demonstrator, mechanical and thermophysical characterizations.
Role in the project
CIRA’s role in the project will include the following:
►Manufacture of the multifunctional CFRP and
►development and optimization