IFM Nano Thruster electric space propulsion: from first Cubesat demonstration to the first 100 thrusters produced – 15 August 2019

Authors: David Krejci, Alexander Reissner, Dennis Weihrauch

Published On: August 2019

Event: 33rd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, UT, SSC19-XII-07, 3-8


Following the successful In-Orbit-Demonstration of the first IFM Nano Thruster, a high rate production facility has been established at ENPULSION, which has delivered 2 thruster per week since opening in 2018. This paper gives a brief overview on the passively fed, metal propellant based technology which enables simple integration and manufacturing procedures. The thrusters IFM Nano Thruster and the IFM Micro Thruster are described, before a discussion of the underlying high rate production philosophy is given. The paper further details the specific
implementation of the high rate approach by discussing the ENPULSION manufacturing flow.

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