The project objectives are:
During the last decade, electric propulsion has become a good alternative to traditional chemical satellite propulsion, also for large and small GEO platforms. Two of the most promising technologies are Ion Gridded Engines and Hall Effect Thrusters due to their high specific impulse compared to chemical thrusters.
The project provides all the elements needed to assess, design and test a collocation strategy based on electrical propulsion for geo satellites.
The two main software products of the project are:
Even if the tool is executable on a stand-alone basis, the integrated characteristics of the environment provide additional benefits.
The user will be able to design and test a collocation strategy with accurate models for environment, satellite and IGE and HET propulsion
The main features of the projects include:
The project is organised in 3 steps:
A set of activities have been performed: