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IFM Micro Thruster SIGNED

The unique modular propulsion system suitable for all small satellites from 1 to 500 kg

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙671˙825 €
 EC max contribution 1˙170˙277 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2019-12-31


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 Project objective

Several players are investing in Constellations of Satellites to provide customers services as global imaging in near real time, telephone & internet coverage, monitoring of ships, airplanes, fires etc. The global market of this new space race, worth 2.2 B$ in 2016, is expected to increase to 5.3 B$ in 2021. Many manufacturers are trying to disrupt market by lowering manufacturing costs, but the most difficult component to acquire remains the propulsion system: these satellites, in fact, work without a propulsion system, resulting in high replacement rates (once per year), limited orbit manoeuvres, difficulties in flight formation, passive deorbiting not sufficient to put satellites into graveyard orbits at their end of life. AMR propulsion aims to solve these problem with a unique, modular product: the IFM Micro Thruster, a compact, modular propulsion system suitable for all small satellites ranging 1-500 kg, with the highest propellant efficiency, capable of controlling satellites’ position with an unprecedented accuracy, perfectly suitable for single CubeSats as well as for big constellations of satellites (>100). The core, proprietary technology is based on a widely tested (13,000 h) thruster developed for large satellite control in future ESA missions, specifically re-engineered to fit the space and mass constraints of small satellites. The thruster is based on a 2D array of porous tungsten needle-shaped emitters, capable of giving high stability and high reliability to the plasma thrust. During Phase 2 project, AMR will design and engineer the qualified model (i.e. the commercial version) of the IFM Micro Thruster; design and install an ISO-9001 certified production line, and will demonstrate and validate the technology with relevant customers. The overall goal is to reach full commercialization of IFM Micro Thruster at the end of Phase 2.


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List of publications.
2019 Grimaud, Lou, Krejci, David, Reissner, Alexander, Seifert, Bernhard
The IFM Micro FEEP thruster: a modular design for smallsat propulsion
published pages: IEPC-2019-675, ISSN: , DOI:
36th International Electric Propulsion Conference 2020-03-11
2019 Grimaud, Lou, Krejci, David, Reissner, Alexander, Seifert, Bernhard
Development and Qualification of the IFM Micro Thruster
published pages: IAC-19,C4,B4.5A,, ISSN: , DOI:
70th International Astronautical Congress 2020-03-11
2019 David Krejci, Alexander Reissner, Dennis Weihrauch
IFM Nano Thruster electric space propulsion: from first Cubesat demonstration to the first 100 thrusters produced
published pages: SSC19-XII-07, ISSN: , DOI:
33rd Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites 2020-03-11
2019 Krejci, David, Alexander, Reissner, Schönherr, Tony, , Bernhard, Seifert, Saleem, Zainab, Alejos, Ricardo
Recent flight data from IFM Nano Thrusters in a low earth orbit
published pages: IEPC-2019-724, ISSN: , DOI:
36th International Electric Propulsion Conference 2020-03-11
2019 Weimer, Bryan, Scharlemann, Carsten, David; Reissner, Alexander, Seifert, Bernhard
CLIMB Exploration of the Van Allen Belt by CubeSats
published pages: IEPC-2019-805, ISSN: , DOI:
36th International Electric Propulsion Conference 2020-03-11
2019 Krejci, David, Hugonnaud, Valentin, Schönherr, Tony, Little, Bryan, Reissner, Alexander, Seifert, Bernhard, Koch, Quirin, Bosch Borras, Eduard, Gonzalez del Amo, Jose
Full Performance Mapping of the IFM Nano Thruster including Direct Thrust Measurements
published pages: 881-893, ISSN: 1533-6794, DOI:
Journal of Small Satellites No.2, Vol. 8 2020-03-11
2018 Janzer, Katja, Killian, Matthias, Langer, Martin, Krejci, David, Reissner, Alexander
Thermal Control of High Power Applications on CubeSats
published pages: IAC-18-C2.7.11, ISSN: , DOI:
69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2020-03-11
2018 David Jelem, Alexander Reissner, Bernhard Seifert, Nembo Buldrini, Lissa Wilding, David Krejci
Direct Thrust and Plume Divergence Measurements of the IFM Nano Thruster
published pages: , ISSN: 0273-1177, DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2018.06.028
Advances in Space Research 2019-07-19
2018 Seifert, Bernhard, Buldrini, Nembo, Hörbe, Thomas, Plesescu, Florin, Reissner, Alexander, Krejci, Krejci, David, Friedhoff, Pete, Lai, Steve
In-Orbit Demonstration of the Indium-FEEP IFM Nano Thruster, SPC2018-183, 6th Space Propulsion Conference
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2018 Krejci, David, Reissner, Alexander, Seifert, Bernhard, Jelem, David, Hörbe, Thomas, Plesescu, Florin, Friedhoff, Pete, Lai, Steve
Demonstration of the IFM Nano FEEP Thruster in Low Earth Orbit, 4S Symposium 2018
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