From Research to Market Leadership
It all started in 1989
1 January, 1989
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.
13 March, 1991
LOGION - Worlds first LMIS tested in microgravity
The 0.22 gram, solid needle is the first Liquid Metal Ion Source (LMIS) to be tested in microgravity. This test consisted of 24 hour continious firing and resulted in....
10 June, 1991
The 1.2 gram LMIS was used for spacecraft charge potential control in a mass spectrometer for the Russian space station MIR. The Indium plasma beam is operated for a total of 120h between 1991 and 1994.
11 February, 1992
8 Indium emitter are being operated in space for a total of 600 hours of operation, as part of the GEOTAIL Mission. These emitters primary function is for spacecraft potential control.
9 October, 1996
32 Indium Emitter are being launched as part of the CLUSTER Mission. After the launch failure, one instrument is being collected and the emitter are still functional!
19 August, 1998
8 Indium emitter are being operated in space for a total of 250h as part of the EQUATOR-S Mission
9 October, 2000
32 Indium emitter are being operated in space for a total of 6516h as part of the CLUSTER-II Mission
9 October, 2008
The Porous Tungsten Crown Emitter is being developed
The development of the porous tungsten crown emitter marks the tipping point of the commercial success of the Field Emission Eelectric Propulsion (FEEP) technology. This emitter allows for high repeatability in a mass production of multi-emission site ion sources and is the basis of all current FEEP products of ENPULSION.
1 January, 2011
FOTEC buyes the department of Space Propulsion and Advanced Concepts from AIT and is inheriting all Know-How, People and Infrastructure related to FEEPs.
13 March, 2015
2 Indium emitter are being operated in space as part of the mass spectrometer that is investigationg the comet's surface.
1 February, 2016
32 Indium emitter are being operated on a cluster of four spacecrafts as part of the NASA MMS Mission
1 March, 2016
Foundation of ENPULSION
ENPULSION is being founded (first under the name of AMR Propulsion Innovations) as a Spin-Off from FOTEC to commercialize the FEEP technology.
4 October, 2017
First IFM Nano Thruster Delivered
The first IFM Nano Thruster is being delivered to a commercial customer.
11 December, 2017
17.000 hours Performance Test
Performance test of FEEP thruster reaches 17.000 hours
12 January, 2018
In orbit demonstration
First satellite with IFM Nano Thruster had been launched
7 June, 2018
Opening of production facility
300 m2 semi-automated production facility opens
18 August, 2018
ENPULSIONs production runs two Thruster per week