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MP2S Modular Pulsed Propulsion System

The main innovation of this technology lies in the pulsed operating of the thruster, which allows to modulate the thrust generated simply by controlling the frequency of the pulses. 
The valve permits to inject just the amount of gas that will be ionized in the discharge chamber at each pulse, which allows to use our propellant efficiently. Indeed, the pulsed operation of this thruster implies low-power operation (200W) compared with other continuously operating MPDTs, which require power ratings of the order of hundreds of kilowatts. 

This point is particularly interesting because it allows this technology to be integrated onto small satellites which have lower power available. The high life duration of this thruster (20 kNs of total impulse) represents an advantage to increase the mission duration for these satellites.
Another advantage of this technology is the possibility to use different propellants not limited to xenon or krypton, but also argon for example, which is much cheaper than the others.

The Consortium team consists of experts of space propulsion, space hardware development (especially MPDT) and plasma diagnosis or modelling. This consortium, led by Comat, is composed of the laboratories Laplace, Icare and IRS from University of Stuttgart, as well as the companies Plasmasolve and Endurosat.

At the end of this project, we plan to demonstrate the sustainability of this technology for small satellites by determining the efficiency of this thruster.

We have already developed the Plasma Jet Pack thruster building blocks (see plasmjetpack.com for details) which has been successfully qualified by COMAT with industrial and academic partners under the Horizon2020 Project entitled: Plasma Jet Pack (H2020 RIA - SPACE-13-TEC-2019 - SRC – In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping).

Thanks to the MP2S project, our Consortium proposes now to add a Pulse Magneto Plasma Dynamic (P MPD) building blocks to complete the Modular Pulsed Propulsion System. This will be achieved through 5 main objectives:

1: Mature Pulsed MPD technology for smallsat in-orbit services application.

2: Develop innovative cathodes for Pulse MPD to improve thrust duration.

3: Develop and validate the Pulse MPD building block for the Modular Electric Propulsion Module.

4: Deploy an industrial strategy for competitive, sustainable and mass EU production.

 5: Match our Modular Propulsion Module and In-Orbit services market needs.

partners / contact

COMAT

[ COMAT ]

France

Luc Herrero

Luc Herrero

EnduroSat

[ ENDUROSAT ]

BULGARIA

Vanya BUCHOVA

Vanya BUCHOVA

PlasmaSolve

[ PLASMASOLVE ]

CZECHIA

Adam OBRUSNIK

Adam OBRUSNIK

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

[ CNRS ]

France

Stéphane MAZOUFFRE

Stéphane MAZOUFFRE

IRS - University of Stuttgart

[ USTUTT ]

Germany

Georg HERDRICH

Georg HERDRICH

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101135440. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Start 01/12/2023
20% 21/06/2024
End 30/11/2026
Budget allocation . M€ Budget allocation
Effort 244 p*m Effort
Effort 7 persons Full time equivalent

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MP2S News - 1st quarter 2024

2024-03-31

1st Newsletter to be downloaded here!

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MP2S Kick-off Meeting - Jan 17, 2024

2024-01-17

Download the brief summary of our KoM!

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MP2S

2024-01-09

The MP2S, at the centre, is a pulsed MPD thruster operating at low power.

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MP2S & PJP

2024-01-09

This MPD thruster can be combined with PJP nozzles (already developed during a previous project, also funded by the EU) on the...

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MP2S sectional view

2024-01-09

The tank of the MP2S is contained directly within the thruster to form a single module.

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events

2024-11-19

Space Tech Expo

COMAT and EnduroSat will attend Space Tech Expo from 19 to 21 November 2024 in Bremen, Germany.

More info here:

https://www.spacetechexpo-europe.com/

 

2024-08-03

Small Satellite Conference

COMAT and EnduroSat will attend the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, USA, from 3 to 8 August 2024. 

See: https://smallsat.org/

2024-06-23

International Electric Propulsion Conference

COMAT, EnduroSat, PlasmaSolve, CNRS (Icare and Laplace labs) and the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Space Systems) will attend the International Electric Propulsion Conference to be held in Toulouse, France, from 23 to 28 June 2024.

See: https://www.iepc2024.com/en/home.html

2024-05-27

4S SYMPOSIUM

COMAT and EnduroSat will attend the Small Satellites Systems and Services Symposium organised by ESA and CNES, from 27 to 31 May 2024 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 

More info here:

https://atpi.eventsair.com/4s-symposium-2024/

2024-05-20

Space Propulsion Conference

COMAT, CNRS (Icare lab) and the University of Stuttgart (Institute of Space Systems) will attend the Space Propulsion Conference from 20 to 23 May 2024 in Glasgow, UK.

More info here:https://www.3af-spacepropulsion.com/

2024-02-06

Smallsat Symposium

COMAT and EnduroSat will attend this event devoted to the Next Evolution in SmallSats from 6 to 8 Feb 2024, in Moutain View, California.

 https://2024.smallsatshow.com/

2024-01-17

Kick-off Meeting

Official KoM at COMAT's premises near Toulouse (France).

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