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High Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster – Next Generation

Objective

HEMPT-NG addresses the topic COMPET-3-2016-a on Incremental Technologies part of the SRC electrical propulsion in line with the EPIC roadmap “to increase the competitiveness of EP systems developed in Europe” by developing an integrated solution based on HEMPT (Highly Efficient Multistage Plasma Thruster) , the fluidic management system, and the power processing unit.
The proposed development will raise the performance of all components beyond current state-of-the-art. The results will offer an ideal EPS system for LEO application up to 700 W and for Telecom/Navigation application up 5 kW.
The HEMPT technology offers unique innovative features compared to other EP technologies and makes HEMP a key candidate to overcome all the currently identified deficiencies:
1. No discharge channel erosion leading to higher lifetimes of the thruster,
2. Acceleration voltages enabling a high specific Impulse (ISP) leading to a drastic reduction of propellant consumption,
3. Unique large range of thrust offer enormous flexibility,
4. Minimal complexity of concept providing an excellent basis for economic competitiveness.
The HEMPT-NG consortium is led by TES (Thales Electronic System GmbH), subsidiary of the Thales Group, worldwide leader in the development and production of space products, responsible for thruster equipment and integrated EPS. European industrial partners are: Thales, OHB, Airbus and Aerospazio, who bring their expertise in spacecraft mission studies, equipment development and testing capacities. The University of Greifswald will provide plasma simulation to support the thrusters developed. These eight partners in five European member-states (Germany, France, UK, Belgium, Italy) will develop an economical and well-performing HEMPT LEO and GEO EPS to guarantee European leadership and competitiveness, as well as the non-dependence of European capabilities in electric propulsion.
This proposal falls under the CONFIDENTIALITY rules described in Section 5.

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2016
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

THALES DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Address
Thalesplatz 1
71254 Ditzingen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 927 887,50

Participants (8)

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 78 848
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OHB SYSTEM AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 81 856,25
Address
Universitaetsallee 27-29
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 008 222,25
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE BELGIUM S.A.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 770 136,50
Address
Rue Chapelle Beaussart 101
6032 Mont Sur Marchienne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 409 564,75
Address
Thalesplatz 1
71254 Ditzingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AEROSPAZIO TECNOLOGIE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 402 981,25
Address
Strada Provinciale Nord 42 A
53040 Rapolano Terme Si
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 354 022,50
Address
Domstrasse 11
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THALES ALENIA SPACE UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 244 872
Address
2 Dashwood Lang Road
KT15 2NX Weybridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)