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Innovative Liquid Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster system for nanosatellites

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

JMP INGENIEROS SL

Address

Camino San Miguel S/N
26371 Sotes

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 491 840,01

Administrative Contact

Flor Hernandez (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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NAJERA AEROSPACE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 357 688

MECARTEX SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 121 675

INSTYTUT FIZYKI PLAZMY I LASEROWEJMIKROSYNTEZY IM. SYLWESTRA KALISKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 579 081

SUNSHINE TECHNOLOGIES SP ZOO W ORGANIZACJI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 31 694,25

GOMSPACE SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 289 593

KopooS Consulting Ind.

France

EU Contribution

€ 58 860,74

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 283279

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2011

  • End date

    31 October 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 810 872,60

  • EU contribution

    € 1 930 432

Coordinated by:

JMP INGENIEROS SL

Spain

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