Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PJP (Plasma Jet Pack)
Reporting period: 2020-01-01 to 2020-12-31
The consortium aims at achieving the validation (qualification level) and commercialisation of this propulsion module technology at the end of the project. The team consists in experts from space propulsion, space hardware development and vacuum arc physics. During this project, it is planned to develop and validate building blocks for a family of products which will have increasing performances in thrust, total impulse and specific impulse.
After analysing requirements and potential impacts, the first part of the project will be dedicated to the development and qualification of building blocks: Arc Discharge Chamber (ADC), Plasma Generator Unit (PGU), Power Propulsion Supply and Control Unit (PPSCU).
A second part of the project will focus on the PJP0-30 with a full development through an Electrical Model and a Qualification Model. This development will largely rely on technology building blocks.
The project includes a validation flight and a series of tests of the qualification model. Thanks to all the activities performed along the project, the Plasma Jet Pack will be ready to start its commercialisation phase at the beginning of 2023.
Moreover we have increased the thrust duration with the help of a fully new cathode feed mechanism. Knowledge of the vacuum arc has been improved thanks to the different competencies of academic partners (Bundeswehr University of Munich,CNRS-ICARE,CNRS-LAPLACE) in plasma and associated characterization processes. Regarding 2021, we plan to cross-check these different data in order to feed the numerical model designed by PlasmaSolve.