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High Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster – Next Generation

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.

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 (9)

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THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 78 848

OHB SYSTEM AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 81 856,25

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 008 222,25

AIRBUS DS GMBH

Germany

THALES ALENIA SPACE BELGIUM S.A.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 770 136,50

THALES ALENIA SPACE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 409 564,75

AEROSPAZIO TECNOLOGIE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 402 981,25

UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 354 022,50

THALES ALENIA SPACE UK LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 244 872

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730020

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 388 834,64

  • EU contribution

    € 5 278 391

Coordinated by:

THALES DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany