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Objective

The objective of the research program is to design, optimize and develop a space plasma thruster based on helicon-radio-frequency technology and its application to a nano-satellite for attitude and position control. Moreover a detailed feasibility study will be also conducted to evaluate the possibility of using the plasma thruster to heat and decompose a secondary propellant. The feasibility study will asses the possibility of building up a combined-two-mode-thruster able to operate in the low-thrust high-efficiency plasma-mode and high-thrust low-efficiency secondary-propellant-plasma-enhanced mode. Only the plasma thruster will be developed and fully tested during this study. The main characteristics of the thruster are: Power 50 W Weight within 1.5 kg Thrust >1.5 mN Specific Impulse (Isp) >1200 s The program will develop thought the following steps: a) Deep numerical-theoretical investigation through dedicated plasma-simulation tools. b) Extensive experimental campaign to validate codes, to investigate the physics phenomena involved and to proof thruster performance. c) The development of a thruster-prototype to be mounted on board of a mini-satellite to demonstrate technology feasibility, d)The study of all the critical issues related to the application to a mini-satellite e) the design and manufacturing of the mini-satellite mock up including all critical components f) analysis of scaling law to lower and higher power. As a final results of the project, a detailed analysis will be conducted in order to evaluate the possible application of the thruster in space missions requiring low thrust accurate attitude and position control.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 630 883
Administrative Contact
Francesca Ferri (Dr.)

Participants (14)

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 839 114
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Goulon (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 358 800
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Filippo Graziani (Prof.)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 110 440
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Zemide (Ms.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 195 518
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nicola Manganiello (Dr.)
NATIONAL AEROSPACE UNIVERSITY KHARKIV AVIATION INSTITUTE NAMED BY N ZUKOVSKIY
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 349 200
Address
Chkalova Str 17
61070 Kharkiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Igor Rybalchenko
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 96 274,50
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo León (Prof.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 76 214
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Malavolta (Dr.)
KELDYSH INSTITUTE OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 77 400
Address
Miusskaya Pl., 4
125047 Moscow
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Ovchinnikov (Prof.)
ATG EUROPE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 232 797
Address
Huygensstraat 34
2201 DK Noordwijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Malcolm Pearson (Mr.)
LMS IMAGINE
France
EU contribution
€ 52 980
Address
Place Des Minimes 7
42300 Roanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Pralus (Mr.)
ROVSING A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 178 190
Address
Dyregaardsvej 2
2470 Skovlunde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rikke Broen Magersholt (Ms.)
BRADFORD ENGINEERING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 156 000
Address
De Wijper 26
4726 TG Heerle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raoul Voeten (Mr.)
STUDIO PROGETTAZIONE E REALIZZAZIONE DI APPARATI ELETTRO NICI DI SELMO ANTONIO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 118 200,50
Address
Via Roma 17
37041 Albaredo D Adige
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Selmo (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michèle Saumon (Dr.)