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iFACT - Iodine Fed Advanced Cusp field Thruster

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870336

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2020

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 999 595

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 595

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE GMBH

Germany

Project description

English EN

Iodine-fed thrusters for satellite propulsion

Amidst a dynamic satellite market environment, the iodine fed advanced cusp field thruster (iFACT) aims to disrupt the status quo in electric propulsion technology. The advanced cusp field thruster (ACFT) was developed by Airbus in 2017. Its features present a significant potential for simplicity, efficiency and low costing in electric propulsion subsystems. The thruster is easy to ignite and optimised to run on iodine, having demonstrated excellent performance results. The prospect for iodine as a novel propellant and for the ACFT as a principal thruster to replace incumbent technology will be further explored, among other focus areas, as part of the EU-funded iFACT project.

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE GMBH

Address

Willy-Messerschmitt-Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen

Germany

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 909 687,50

Participants (7)

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 64 831,25

EASN Technology Innovation Services BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 116 250

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 198 445

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 423,75

AEROSPAZIO TECNOLOGIE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 99 957,50

ENDUROSAT AD

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 110 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870336

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2020

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 999 595

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 595

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE GMBH

Germany