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Gridded Ion Engine Standardised Electric Propulsion Platforms

Objective

The consortium proposes an innovative activity to develop, build and test to TRL5 the first European Plug and Play Gridded Ion Engine Standardised Electric Propulsion Platform (GIESEPP) to operate Airbus Safran Launchers and QinetiQ Space ion engines. These are the only European ion engines in the 200-700W (LEO) and 5kW (GEO) domains that are space-proven, and the consortium’s intention will be to improve European competitiveness and to maintain and secure the European non-dependence in this field.
The project will design and develop a standardised electric propulsion platform for 200-700W and 5kW applications, which has the capability to run either Airbus Safran Launchers or QinetiQ thrusters. In addition, the 5kW electric propulsion system will be designed to allow clustering for 20kW EPS for space transportation, exploration and interplanetary missions. In order to cope with challenging mission scenarios, Dual Mode functionality of the thrusters will be realised. This ensures that the beneficial high Isp characteristics of Gridded Ion Engines are maintained, whilst also offering a competitive higher thrust mode. The GIESEPP systems will not be limited to xenon as an operating medium; assessments will be performed to ensure functionality with alternative propellants.
The approach to system standardisation and the resulting solutions will provide highly cost competitive and innovative EPS for current and future satellite markets, whilst meeting the cost efficiency requirements.
The proposal will describe the roadmap to higher TRL by 2023-2024, providing a cost competitive EPS. Finally, the proposal will address efficient exploitation of the results, demonstrating how the activity will positively increase the impact and prospects for European Ion Engines and the European Electric Propulsion System community.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2016
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ARIANEGROUP GMBH
Address
Robert-koch-str. 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 048 879,35

Participants (8)

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 971 953,82
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 049 254,54
Address
Cody Technology Park Ively Road
GU14 0LX Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMPUTADORAS REDES E INGENIERIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 972 118,15
Address
Calle Torres Quevedo Sn
28760 Tres Cantos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OHB SYSTEM AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 200,08
Address
Universitaetsallee 27-29
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AST ADVANCED SPACE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 749 260,75
Address
Marie-curie Strasse 16-18
27711 Osterholz-scharmbeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARS SPACE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 275 500,72
Address
Unit 61 Basepoint Business Center Anderson Road
SO14 5FE Southampton Hampshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 258 617,64
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STS SENSOR TECHNIK SIRNACH AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 35 214,34
Address
Rutihofstrasse 8
8370 Sirnach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)