About Us
Our portfolio and our people

What we do.

ENPULSION GmbH is a space tech company based in Austria. Founded in 2016, it has quickly become a dominant player in the space industry selling one of the most advanced propulsion solutions for small sats to a large number of worldwide satellite platform integrators. Our unique modular solutions offer to satellite manufacturers high performance at a low cost, enabling the exploration of the Solar System and the democratization of space. ENPULSION is thus positioned at the very heart of the New Space era.

Production. Means. Perfection.

ENPULSION has successfully introduced a high rate production of a high-performance electric propulsion technology. Based on value stream analysis, a scalable production line design has been implemented that scales to mega constellation production rates. Our product lifecycle philosophy is based on the agility of lean manufacturing combined with heritage quality processes. The final result is a high customer value in terms of product performance, cost reduction and short cycle times.

In December 2019 ENPULSION’s management system was awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification as a further proof of our commitment to quality without compromises and to the constant improvement of
products and processes.

100% incoming inspection of all mechanical parts

100% traceability of all parts, manufacturing, and testing

Lean Production (KANBAN) for high throughput

Batch testing on part, component, and system-level

100% functional acceptance testing of all outgoing thrusters

Who we are.

The ENPULSION team believes that the way in which we develop and manufacture our highly sophisticated propulsion solutions matters as much as the products themselves. We are convinced that our customers, investors and the communities we are working with not only ask us to create products, jobs and shareholder returns, but to promote responsible, sustainable and inclusive business practices and act with integrity.

Management Team

Dr. Alexander Reissner

CEO & Founder

Thomas Wulz

COO

Dr. David Krejci

CTO

Felix Landsteiner

CFO

AGATHA ALLESCH

Head of Human Resources

Roman Hörbe

Head of Supply Chain

Bryan Little

Deputy Head of Production

Fabien Marguet

Head of Production

Joan Miralles

Head of Product Assurance

Dr. Thomas Nennadal

Head of Global Funding

Emil Tsenov

Head of Global Marketing

Dennis Weihrauch

Head of Production Development

Dr. Lou Grimaud

Product Manager MICRO

Dr. Tony Schönherr

Product Manager NANO

Sameh Abougaga

Aerospace Engineer

Tim Alexandropoulos

Aerospace Engineer

ELIAS BAUMHACKL

Aerospace Engineer

Gerhard Beck

Aerospace Engineer

Florentin Blachnik

Finance & Controlling

Alvaro Blay Sempere

Aerospace Engineer

Bojan ćorić

Electronics Engineer

Sebastian Endl

Aerospace Engineer

BENJAMIN HANDSCHUH

Aerospace Engineer

JAKUB HAMDARD

Design Engineer

Peter Holzer

Embedded Firmware Developer

Valentin Hugonnaud

Aerospace Engineer

Sophie Killian

Junior Digital Marketing Manager

Nemanja Klincov

Supply Chain

Quirin Koch

Product Manager

Sebastian Lorenz

Aerospace Engineer

Celina Mahler

Assistant to the CEO / Maternity Leave

Richard Mautner

IT

Kaarel Repän

Qualification and Development Test Engineer

Lukas Schrenk

Quality Assurance Engineer

DR. BENJAMIN SPILKER

Test Engineer

Anna Spittersberger

Finance & Controlling

ADAM SULLIVAN

Electronics Engineer

DR. IVANHOE VASILJEVICH

Principal Scientist

Dale Ward

Senior Business Development and Sales Manager

Birgit Wunderl

Assistant to the CEO

You?

We are always looking for talent!

Where we come from.

The ENPULSION NANO uses the FEEP technology developed by FOTEC for more than 30 years. The positive ions emitted by the ion emitters have been used to control the electrostatic potential of a spacecraft or as primary ion source for secondary ion spectrometry on numerous space missions.

 

It all started in

1989
January 1

AIT starts to develop Liquid Metal Ion Sources

AIT starts to develop Liquid Metal Ion Sources
At the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the first Liquid Metal Ion Sources are developed, producing a precice beam of high energy Indium ions.
1991
March 13

LMIS

LMIS
More than 120 Liquid Metal Ion Sources (LMIS) operated in space for a total of more than 20.000 h.
2016
March 1

Foundation of ENPULSION

Foundation of ENPULSION
ENPULSION was founded (first under the name of AMR Propulsion Innovations) as a Spin-Off from FOTEC to commercialize the FEEP technology.
2017
October 9

First ENPULSION Nano Thruster Delivered

First ENPULSION Nano Thruster Delivered
Delivery of first thruster to commercial customer.
December 11

17.000 hours Performance Test

17.000 hours Performance Test
Performance test of FEEP thruster reaches 17.000 hours
2018
January 12

In-Orbit Demonstration

In-Orbit Demonstration
First satellite with ENPULSION NANO is successfully launched.
June 7

Opening of production facility

Opening of production facility
300 m2 semi-automated production facility opens
August 18

Serial Production

Serial Production
ENPULSION produces two Thruster per week.
2019
December 11

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

ISO 9001:2015 Certification
ENPULSION’s management system is ISO certified.

CFO

Felix is what you call a global citizen. He grew up on 3 different continents and has called Buenos Aires, Chicago, Brussels as well as Athens his home. Naturally, Felix is also passionate about travelling and especially enjoys all kinds of water sports. For example, you can regularly catch him stand up paddleboarding in the early morning. Prior to joining ENPULSION Felix worked in Business & Strategy Consulting in Austria’s largest Banking Group and thus brings more than 5 years of experience in the Financial and Banking sector to the Management team. Besides, Felix’s future-oriented, clear-sighted approach to planning allows ENPULSION to tackle new challenges well-prepared.

CEO & Founder

Alexander Reissner started his career in the space business with RUAG Space, working in Thermal Hardware and later in Mechanical Engineering on projects like Sentinel or Bepi Colombo. He then joined the Austrian Institute of Technology and became the Team Leader for Electric Propulsion Systems. In 2013, he became the head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering shortly after it was moved to FOTEC. After growing this department from 5 to 17 scientists and engineers, he realized the potential of the FEEP technology in the SmallSat market and founded ENPULSION. His education took him from a Dipl.Ing. (MSc) in Physics at the Technical University of Vienna to the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea where he started a PhD program in Aerospace Engineering. He then followed his supervisor to the Technical University of Dresden where he finished his PhD Program. Alexander Reissner has been appointed to be the General Chair of the International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) 2019, that will take place in Vienna.

COO

Thomas likes to make sure everything works smoothly, efficiently and he is always ready to solve a problem. He has a master’s degree in political science as well as specialized higher education in international business communications. He is additionally an ISO/IEC certified trainer and safety chancellor. Thomas brings to ENPULSION over ten years of work experience in project and general operations management. He has previously worked at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Chamber of Labor, and most recently at Casinos Austria, a worldwide, leading player in the global gaming industry. When he is not helping ENPULSION to thrive and reach its fullest potential, Thomas enjoys traveling, strolling through his home town Vienna, and grilling the perfect steak on his terrace!

CTO

David is a Research Associate at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and avid traveller. He received his M.S. in applied physics in 2008, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2012 from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and a M.A. in political science in 2012 from University of Vienna. Before joining ENPULSION, he was Research Scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics working on the design and characterization of micromachined ionic liquid electrospray thrusters, which include multiple flight experiments. Before joining MIT's Space Propulsion Laboratory, he embarked on trip across the world, writing post-doc grant proposals along the way; secretly it was for beaches and sun. Aside from some teaching, he was previously working on the development of various types of electric and chemical propulsion systems. He worked on chemical green bi-propellant thrusters for small satellites and pulsed plasma thrusters for CubeSats at FOTEC and the Austrian Institute of Technology.

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