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Air-breathing Electric THrustER

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Project "AETHER" data sheet

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Coordinator
SITAEL SPA 

Organization address
address: VIA S SABINO 21
city: MOLA DI BARI
postcode: 70042
website: www.sitael.com

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 1˙999˙998 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙998 € (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 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-12-01   to  2022-05-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SITAEL SPA IT (MOLA DI BARI) coordinator 879˙062.00
2    INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES BE (RHODE SAINT GENESE) participant 400˙000.00
3    TransMIT Gesellschaft fuer Technologietransfer mbH DE (GIESSEN) participant 400˙000.00
4    UNIVERSITY OF SURREY UK (GUILDFORD) participant 134˙936.00
5    RHP TECHNOLOGY GMBH AT (SEIBERSDORF AN DER LEITHA) participant 80˙000.00
6    Astos Solutions GmbH DE (Stuttgart) participant 66˙000.00
7    DATA EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSTICS ALGORITHMAS OF SYSTEMS EPE EL (THESSALONIKI) participant 40˙000.00

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 Project objective

The limiting factor for the duration of space endeavours is often related to the total mass of propellant available on board. If a new propulsion device was capable of using the upper layers of the atmosphere as propellant, this would enable a vast spectrum of new planetary mission scenarios.

In recent years SITAEL has produced the world’s first example of such a device, the “RAM-EP” engine. This innovative electric propulsion (EP) thruster was successfully tested in an environment representative of VLEO, achieving TRL4.

The AETHER project will advance the thruster design towards a more flight representative stage, experimentally demonstrating sufficient and reliable net thrust production for the target applications. This will be achieved through the design optimization of the various thruster components, careful selection of materials and proper diagnostics tools, together with system-level design considerations.

Successful completion of the AETHER project will advance the electric propulsion portfolio of Europe with the world-first EP air-breathing engine, potentially shifting the paradigm of VLEO, LEO and planetary missions.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2020 Konstantinos Katsonis, Chloe Berenguer, Giovanni Cesaretti
ISRU Technology Propulsion for Missions in the Solar System
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
AEC2020_523 2020-04-01
2020 Chloe Berenguer, Konstantinos Katsonis, Jose Gonzalez del Amo
CO2 Based ISRU Propulsion for Satellites and Spacecrafts in the Vicinity of Mars
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
AEC2020_525 2020-04-01

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