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High performance low cost electric propulsion system development

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Project "HiperLoc-EP" data sheet

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Organization address
address: 327 MILE END ROAD
city: LONDON
postcode: E1 4NS

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙385˙975 €
 EC max contribution 1˙385˙974 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Enabling European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector)
2. H2020-EU. (Enabling advances in space technology)
3. H2020-EU. (Safeguard and further develop a competitive, sustainable and entrepreneurial space industry and research community and strengthen European non-dependence in space systems)
 Code Call H2020-COMPET-2016
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2019-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 641˙093.00
2    GOMSPACE SWEDEN AB SE (UPPSALA) participant 340˙581.00
3    SYSTEMATIC DESIGN BV NL (DELFT) participant 334˙375.00
4    AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD UK (STEVENAGE) participant 69˙925.00


 Project objective

The HiperLoc-EP project will develop a disruptive electric propulsion technology that provides a High performance Low cost Electric Propulsion system. HiperLoc-EP will provide critical propulsion functionality for micro satellite and satellite constellations typified by Samsung’s Earth-wide internet via 4600 micro-satellites. The HiperLoc-EP technology is an Electrospray Colloid Electric Propulsion System (ECEPS). The design approach is radical. The element of the EP system that develops thrust is completely integrated with the Power Processing Unit; the thrust head itself is a multilayer PCB. Core to our methodology is a novel route to manufacturing an EP system, it is inspired by a system we have successfully used in another technology domain in terrestrial applications. Fabrication, integration and propellant costs are anticipated to be several orders of magnitude below conventional EP procurement. The potential applications for this technology are very broad however, in response to the COMPET-3-2016b we will focus the development on micro propulsion consistent with satellites having mass spanning the range from a multi-unit CubeSat to small satellites less than 100kg. The performance target is a thruster whose efficiency is ~50%, some 6 times that possible with typical current PPT designs, but comparable to conventional EP such as GIE and HET. The ECEPS can be designed to operate over a broad range of Isp from ~1000s to ~4000s; herein and consistent with resources of micro-satellites we will demonstrate an Isp of 2500s. ECEPS thrust scales with thrust head active area, anticipated to be ~0.2mN/cm2. This new electric propulsion system will have low volume and low power demands and is ideally suited to micro satellite constraints. This emerging technology will clearly disrupt the status quo of the space sector by providing a radical improvement in performance and cost, critical to customers hoping to operate in the dawning market for micro-satellite based systems.


List of deliverables.
Updated plans for dissemination and exploitation Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-19 17:00:02
HiperLoc-EP Project web site available to public Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-19 17:00:02
Completed and planned communication activities report Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-19 17:00:02

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of HiperLoc-EP deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 E. Grustan-Gutierrez, J.P.W. Stark
Modelling of colloid thrusters for mission analysis
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2017 E. Grustan-Gutierrez, M. Gamero-Castano
Time-of-flight characterisation of a microfabricated electrospray thruster
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