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Innovative Liquid Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster system for nanosatellites

Objectif

The rapid emergence of new application domains and mission types has had a large impact on the evolution of spacecraft design. The current interest for micro-spacecrafts essentially proceeds from the wider availability of enabling technologies (micro/nano-fabrication), and from the desire to reduce development and launcher costs. Nanosatellites are also potentially useful as a mean to increase a mission's reliability by distributing a large payload over a fleet of small spacecrafts. However, the application range of micro-spacecraft is currently restricted by the lack of sufficiently compact, lightweight, high specific impulse micro-propulsion systems.
The L-µPPT project will develop and assess the functionality of a novel PPT technology based on liquid propellant, expected to enable significant improvements over Teflon-based PPTs in terms of propellant utilization and impulse bit predictability through a tight control of the mass of propellant injected.
By leveraging state-of-the-art MEMS technologies, the L-µPPT project will develop a compelling propulsion technology for microspacecrafts offering the scalability and robustness of conventional PPTs with performances in par with modern electric propulsion systems for large satellites.
The L-µPPT project roadmap bases on a two-step implementation which comprehends the development of a first prototype, followed by the design of a fully functional prototype. Each prototype shall have an associated system specification phase, and subsequent design and development phases for each system subcomponents (thruster, injector, electronics, thrust balance and vacuum stand).
Six partners (four SMEs, a industry and a research organization) from 4 Member States- Spain, Poland, Sweden and France, and Switzerland, with different roles in the project, will work together to advance in the development of PPT propulsion system.

Appel à propositions

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Coordinateur

JMP INGENIEROS SL
Adresse
Camino San Miguel S/n
26371 Sotes
Espagne

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Flor Hernandez (Ms.)
Contribution de l’UE
€ 491 840,01

Participants (6)

NAJERA AEROSPACE SL
Espagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 357 688
Adresse
Camino San Miguel S/n
26371 Sotes

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Regina Laorden (Mrs.)
MECARTEX SA
Suisse
Contribution de l’UE
€ 121 675
Adresse
Via Industria 1
6933 Muzzano

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Stefano Bottinelli (Mr.)
INSTYTUT FIZYKI PLAZMY I LASEROWEJ MIKROSYNTEZY IM. SYLWESTRA KALISKIEGO
Pologne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 579 081
Adresse
Hery 23
01 497 Warszawa

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Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contact administratif
Jacek Kurzyna (Dr.)
SUNSHINE TECHNOLOGIES SP ZOO W ORGANIZACJI

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Pologne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 31 694,25
Adresse
Ul. Zloty Rog 13
30-095 Krakow
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Piotr Macias (Mr.)
GOMSPACE SWEDEN AB
Suède
Contribution de l’UE
€ 289 593
Adresse
Ulls Vag 29 A
756 51 Uppsala

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Pelle Rangsten (Dr.)
KopooS Consulting Ind.
France
Contribution de l’UE
€ 58 860,74
Adresse
Rue D'amsterdam 57
75008 Paris

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Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Christophe Koppel (Mr.)