Eurisa aims at developing a European compact, performant and cost-effective IMU to ensure
European non-dependence on critical equipment for space. Funded by the European commission as
part of the Horizon H2020 program, the 3.3 M€ project brings together 4 major actors of the
European space ecosystem - Airbus Defence and Space, ETH Zurich, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
and iXblue - and will run for 3.5 years.
As of today, there is no alternative in Europe for a compact, high-performance and cost-effective IMU,
therefore, many EU space missions depend on non-European Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) and
rely on foreign partners' goodwill for the procurement of those key components. Eurisa's main
objective is to deliver an IMU Including crafted hybridization algorithms at TRL higher than 6 for
missions such as landing, rover navigation and interplanetary cruise.
The project, led by iXblue, is built on the extensive expertise of the 4 partners: participation in major
space missions like Insight and LISA for ETH Zurich; CALLISTO and EAGLE projects for DLR and the Astrix
gyroscope range for iXblue and Airbus Defence and Space. Beyond this know-how, available
technological bricks from the different partners will be customized and assembled to make the future
European IMU ready in 2024.
Guillaume Lecamp, project manager for iXblue, states: "Based on past and current developments
together with the use of COTS electronics qualified for space, we ensure a cost-effective product and
a safe path toward a TRL 6 maturity. Indeed, the partners gather strong and complementary
competencies to make a success out of this project: space electronics, inertial sensors, knowledge on
the space mission requirements, hybridization algorithms, space environment and also manufacturing
With all critical components from European manufacturers and IMU build by the project partners,
Eurisa will contribute to European independence and sovereignty in space for future missions and
Learn more about Eurisa project: https://eurisa-h2020.eu