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iFACT - Iodine Fed Advanced Cusp field Thruster

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Project "iFACT" data sheet

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Coordinator
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH 

Organization address
address: WILLY-MESSERSCHMITT-STRASSE 1
city: TAUFKIRCHEN
postcode: 82024
website: www.airbus-group.com

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙999˙595 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙595 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6.1. (Enabling European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation of the European space sector)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.6.2. (Enabling advances in space technology)
 Code Call H2020-SPACE-2019
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-01-01   to  2021-12-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH DE (TAUFKIRCHEN) coordinator 909˙687.00
2    AEROSPAZIO TECNOLOGIE SRL IT (RAPOLANO TERME SI) participant 400˙000.00
3    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON UK (SOUTHAMPTON) participant 198˙445.00
4    EASN Technology Innovation Services BVBA BE (BUDINGEN) participant 116˙250.00
5    ENDUROSAT AD BG (SOFIA) participant 110˙000.00
6    FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. DE (MUNCHEN) participant 100˙423.00
7    JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN DE (GIESSEN) participant 99˙957.00
8    AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS FR (TOULOUSE CEDEX) participant 64˙831.00

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 Project objective

Since several years, the industrialisation of the satellite market has been accelerated. In particular, the market for telecom satellites has changed significantly, because of several new players and numerous plans for satellite constellations, such as OneWeb or Starlink. In order to increase competitiveness and to disrupt the electric propulsion market, we are proposing the development of the iodine Fed Advanced Cusp field Thruster (iFACT).

iFACT consists of an Advanced Cusp Field Thruster (ACFT), a simple PPU, a thermionic Emitter, a novel propellant feeding architecture, which is optimised for iodine. The ACFT has been invented by Airbus in 2017. Due to its simplicity, paired with efficiency, the fact that it is easy to ignite and its excellent performance data with iodine, it is tailored as key element for an extremely simple, efficient and low cost Electric Propulsion Subsystem (EPS). The baseline thruster (300 W input power) can be used with a simple thermionic cathode. The simple operation of the ACFT enables a reduced (wrt. number of parts and control circuits) but efficient PPU. This components are paired with an unique iodine feeding architecture which is capable to disrupt the electric propulsion market. Based on this, the proposal will focus on: - Iodine as disruptive propellant for electric thruster, - maturation of the Advanced Cusp Field Thruster (ACFT) as disruptive thruster principle, in three different power classes, - development of an novel, disruptive, extremly simplified low cost Power Processing Unit (PPU), - use of calcium aluminate (C12A7) as disruptive, low-work function emitter material for cathodes, - development of an European Iodine compatible long firing test facility.

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