IFM Nano Thruster
IFM NANO THRUSTER
PPU Voltage:
12V
28V
Custom

The IFM Nano thruster has been developed and extensively tested in cooperation with the European Space Agency. First thrusters had been successfully demonstrated in orbit in January 2018!

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Mature technology

The IFM Nano Thruster is a mature technology, developed under ESA contracts for 15 years. More than 100 emitters have been tested and an ongoing lifetime test has demonstrated more than 18.000 hours of firing without degradation of the emitter performance.

Dynamic precise thrust control

The thrust can be controlled through the electrode voltages, providing excellent controllability over the full thrust range and a low thrust noise.

Controllable specific impulse up to 5,000 seconds

Due to the efficient ionization process which allows one to ionize up to 60% of the evaporated Indium atoms, the IFM Nano Thruster can provide a higher specific impulse than any other ion propulsion system currently on the market

Redundant neutralizer cathodes

As the IFM Nano Thruster expels an ion current of up to 3 mA, the module needs a method to prevent spacecraft charging. This is achieved by the use of two cold-redundant electron sources acting as neutralizers. Such an electron source consists of a thermionic cathode type, which is heated up to 1,800 K and biased to -200 V. Once electrons have left the neutralizer, they will be pulled towards the positive potential of the ion plume. The PPU is able to measure and control this charge balancing electron current.

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