Heritage

From Research to Market Leadership

It all started in 1989

1 January, 1989

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.

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

MIGMAS/A

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

GEOTAIL

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

CLUSTER

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

EQUATOR-S

8 Indium emitter are being operated in space for a total of 250h as part of the EQUATOR-S Mission

9 October, 2000

CLUSTER-II

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 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

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

ROSETTA

2 Indium emitter are being operated in space as part of the mass spectrometer that is investigationg the comet's surface.

1 February, 2016

MMS

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

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

In orbit demonstration

First satellite with IFM Nano Thruster had been launched

7 June, 2018

Opening of production facility

Opening of production facility

300 m2 semi-automated production facility opens

18 August, 2018

Serial Production

 

ENPULSIONs production runs two Thruster per week

We have chosen the Enpulsion thruster. It is the only one that will let us pack enough delta V, in the small package of our 12U space craft, to carry out the mission. The mission is to break orbit and explore an asteroid.
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