HPH.COM

HeliconPlasmaHydrazine.COmbinedMicro

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA 

 Organization address address: VIA 8 FEBBRAIO 2
city: PADOVA
postcode: 35122

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Francesca
Cognome: Ferri
Email: send email
Telefono: 390498000000
Fax: 390498000000

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Sito del progetto http://www.hphcom.eu
 Totale costo 4˙873˙436 €
 EC contributo 3˙572˙011 €
 Programma FP7-SPACE
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Space
 Code Call FP7-SPACE-2007-1
 Funding Scheme CP
 Anno di inizio 2008
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2008-12-01   -   2012-05-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

 Organization address address: VIA 8 FEBBRAIO 2
city: PADOVA
postcode: 35122

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Francesca
Cognome: Ferri
Email: send email
Telefono: 390498000000
Fax: 390498000000

IT (PADOVA) coordinator 0.00
2    AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE,L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

 Organization address address: Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon di Revel 76
city: ROMA
postcode: 196

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Nicola
Cognome: Manganiello
Email: send email
Telefono: 390694000000
Fax: 390694000000

IT (ROMA) participant 0.00
3    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

 Organization address address: Via Zamboni 33
city: BOLOGNA
postcode: 40126

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Alessandra
Cognome: Malavolta
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 051 2099377
Fax: +39 051 2099379

IT (BOLOGNA) participant 0.00
4    AOES Group BV - Advanced Operations and Engineering Services Group BV

 Organization address address: Huygensstraat 34
city: Noordwijk
postcode: 2201 DK

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Paul Malcolm
Cognome: Pearson
Email: send email
Telefono: 31715795520
Fax: 31715721277

NL (Noordwijk) participant 0.00
5    BRADFORD ENGINEERING BV

 Organization address address: DE WIJPER 26
city: HEERLE
postcode: 4726 TG

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Raoul
Cognome: Voeten
Email: send email
Telefono: 31165305104
Fax: 31165304422

NL (HEERLE) participant 0.00
6    CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

 Organization address address: Rue Michel -Ange 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Michèle
Cognome: Saumon
Email: send email
Telefono: 33169823272
Fax: 33169823333

FR (PARIS) participant 0.00
7    KELDYSH INSTITUTE OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

 Organization address address: "MIUSSKAYA PL., 4"
city: MOSCOW
postcode: 125047

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Michael
Cognome: Ovchinnikov
Email: send email
Telefono: 74952507813
Fax: 74999720737

RU (MOSCOW) participant 0.00
8    LMS IMAGINE

 Organization address address: Place des Minimes 7
city: Roanne
postcode: 42300

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Philippe
Cognome: Pralus
Email: send email
Telefono: 33477236036
Fax: 33477236031

FR (Roanne) participant 0.00
9    NATIONAL AEROSPACE UNIVERSITY KHARKIV AVIATION INSTITUTE NAMED BY N ZUKOVSKIY

 Organization address address: CHKALOVA STR 17
city: KHARKIV
postcode: 61070

contact info
Nome: Igor
Cognome: Rybalchenko
Email: send email
Telefono: +38 057 7190473
Fax: +38 057 719 0473

UA (KHARKIV) participant 0.00
10    OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

 Organization address address: Avenue de la Division Leclerc 29
city: CHATILLON
postcode: 92322

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Jean-Michel
Cognome: Goulon
Email: send email
Telefono: 33146733707
Fax: 33146734169

FR (CHATILLON) participant 0.00
11    ROVSING A/S

 Organization address address: Dyregaardsvej 2
city: Skovlunde
postcode: 2470

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Rikke Broen
Cognome: Magersholt
Email: send email
Telefono: +45 44 200 80
Fax: +45 44 200 80

DK (Skovlunde) participant 0.00
12    STUDIO PROGETTAZIONE E REALIZZAZIONE DI APPARATI ELETTRO NICI DI SELMO ANTONIO

 Organization address address: VIA ROMA 17
city: ALBAREDO D ADIGE
postcode: 37041

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Antonio
Cognome: Selmo
Email: send email
Telefono: 390457000000
Fax: 390457000000

IT (ALBAREDO D ADIGE) participant 0.00
13    THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

 Organization address address: Via Saccomuro 24
city: ROMA
postcode: 131

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Paola
Cognome: Zemide
Email: send email
Telefono: 390117000000
Fax: 390117000000

IT (ROMA) participant 0.00
14    UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

 Organization address address: Calle Ramiro de Maeztu 7
city: MADRID
postcode: 28040

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Gonzalo
Cognome: León
Email: send email
Telefono: 34913363639
Fax: 34913365974

ES (MADRID) participant 0.00
15    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

 Organization address address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Filippo
Cognome: Graziani
Email: send email
Telefono: 390645000000
Fax: 39064991295

IT (ROMA) participant 0.00

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The objective of the research program is to design, optimize and develop a space plasma thruster based on helicon-radio-frequency technology and its application to a nano-satellite for attitude and position control. Moreover a detailed feasibility study will be also conducted to evaluate the possibility of using the plasma thruster to heat and decompose a secondary propellant. The feasibility study will asses the possibility of building up a combined-two-mode-thruster able to operate in the low-thrust high-efficiency plasma-mode and high-thrust low-efficiency secondary-propellant-plasma-enhanced mode. Only the plasma thruster will be developed and fully tested during this study. The main characteristics of the thruster are: Power 50 W Weight within 1.5 kg Thrust >1.5 mN Specific Impulse (Isp) >1200 s The program will develop thought the following steps: a) Deep numerical-theoretical investigation through dedicated plasma-simulation tools. b) Extensive experimental campaign to validate codes, to investigate the physics phenomena involved and to proof thruster performance. c) The development of a thruster-prototype to be mounted on board of a mini-satellite to demonstrate technology feasibility, d)The study of all the critical issues related to the application to a mini-satellite e) the design and manufacturing of the mini-satellite mock up including all critical components f) analysis of scaling law to lower and higher power. As a final results of the project, a detailed analysis will be conducted in order to evaluate the possible application of the thruster in space missions requiring low thrust accurate attitude and position control.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

The bulky rocket engines of the past may be replaced in the future by electrically powered ion engines allowing more versatility while using less fuel. EU-funded researchers have made an important step towards making such ion engines a reality for the next generation of spacecraft.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Ion engines use electric power to create charged particles of the fuel, usually xenon gas, and accelerate them to extremely high speeds. The exhaust speed of conventional rocket engines is limited to the chemical energy stored in the fuel's molecular bonds. On other hand, ion engines are in principle limited by the electrical power available on the spacecraft, but in practice are much more efficient than chemical ones.

In particular, helicon thrusters are at the frontier of ion propulsion systems. They operate with a variety of propellants and have a longer lifetime compared to conventional thrusters. Scientists initiated the HPH.COM (Heliconplasmahydrazine.COmbinedMicro) project to design a new plasma thruster based on helicon radiofrequency technology.

With EU funding, the researchers explored its application for a mini satellite to allow a low-cost demonstration mission. Their feasibility study also covered the possibility of developing a combined two-mode thruster for both attitude and orbit control. It combined a low-thrust, high-efficiency plasma mode and a high-thrust, low-efficiency hydrazine mode.

For this purpose, HPH.COM partners developed dedicated plasma simulation tools allowing the detailed investigation of complex physical phenomena. The numerical models, along with intensive experimentation, resulted in an innovative helicon technology with significantly higher ionisation efficiency compared to conventional helicon plasma sources.

The engineering model of the thrusters was tested in three separate laboratories to reduce the development time. Finally, a mini satellite mock-up was designed and manufactured to prove the feasibility of the new technology that will be demonstrated in flight. Its structure is modular and easy to assemble and disassemble as well as adapt for any launch vehicle.

Thanks to the long lifetime and capability to operate with a wide variety of gases, theHPH.COM technology should be attractive for a variety of space missions, including Earth observation and telecommunications. Combining high efficiency with low cost, the new plasma thruster is poised to boost the competitiveness of the European space industry.

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