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HPH.COM - Helicon plasma hydrazine combined micro

  • 19208
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 02/12/2008
  • RISULTATO

The objective of the research program is to design, optimize and develop a space plasma thruster based on helicon-radio-frequency technology and its application to a nano-satellite for attitude and position control. Moreover a detailed feasibility study will be also conducted to evaluate the possibility of using the plasma thruster to heat and decompose a secondary propellant. The feasibility study will asses the possibility of building up a combined-two-mode-thruster able to operate in the low-thrust high-efficiency plasma-mode and high-thrust low-efficiency secondary-propellant-plasma-enhanced mode. Only the plasma thruster will be developed and fully tested during this study. The main characteristics of the thruster are: Power 50 W Weight within 1.5 kg Thrust >1.5 mN Specific Impulse (Isp) >1200 s
The program will develop thought the following steps:

  • Deep numerical-theoretical investigation through dedicated plasma-simulation tools.
  • Extensive experimental campaign to validate codes, to investigate the physics phenomena involved and to proof thruster performance.
  • The development of a thruster-prototype to be mounted on board of a mini-satellite to demonstrate technology feasibility,
  • The study of all the critical issues related to the application to a mini-satellite
  • the design and manufacturing of the mini-satellite mock up including all critical components
  • analysis of scaling law to lower and higher power.

As a final results of the project, a detailed analysis will be conducted in order to evaluate the possible application of the thruster in space missions requiring low thrust accurate attitude and position control.



Start date: 2008-12-01
End date: 2011-11-30

Duration: 36 months

Project Reference: 218862

Project cost: 4.9 million euro
Project Funding: 3.57 million euro

Subprogramme Area: SPA-2007-2.2-02 Space transportation
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)



Coordinatore: UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA - ITALY - FERRI, Francesca (Dr)

Altri Partecipanti

  • NATIONAL AEROSPACE UNIVERSITY KHARKIV AVIATION INSTITUTE NAMED BY N ZUKOVSKIY - UKRAINE
  • STUDIO PROGETTAZIONE E REALIZZAZIONE DI APPARATI ELETTRO NICI DI SELMO ANTONIO - ITALY
  • CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS) - FRANCE
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA - ITALY
  • OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES-ONERA - FRANCE
  • KELDYSH INSTITUTE OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  • LMS IMAGINE SA - FRANCE
  • BRADFORD ENGINEERING BV - NETHERLANDS
  • ROVSING A/S - DENMARK
  • THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA - ITALY
  • AOES GROUP BV - ADVANCED OPERATIONS AND ENGINEERING SERVICES GROUP BV - NETHERLANDS
  • UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID - SPAIN
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA - ITALY
  • ENTE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E L'AMBIENTE - ITALY
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-SPACE : SPAZIO: priorità tematica 9 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea