In addition to the two already running contracts funded by the European Commission (EC) NanoSpace is currently involved in two grant agreement negotiations within EC´s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Both are research projects to support space science and exploration by developing new innovative micropropulsion technologies. NanoSpace contributes to both international teams with its expertise in miniaturization of complete propulsion systems e.g. by using Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology.
One of the projects is called “Innovative Liquid Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster (LµPPT) for Nanosatellites” and has partners from Spain, Poland, and Switzerland. The aim is to provide an improvement upon existing Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT) technology by using liquid propellants.
The other project is named “Chemical-μPropulsion for an Efficient and Accurate Control of SatellItes for Space Exploration (PRECISE)”, led by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), together with EADS Astrium Space Transportation, Centre National dela Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), NPO Mashinostroyenia, and University of Surrey – Surrey Space Center. The objective of this project is to develop a MEMS-based monopropellant micro chemical propulsion system for highly accurate attitude control of satellites.
Kick-off for both projects are planned to November/December 2011.