The current CHEOPS project is successfully coming to its conclusion in April 2021.
The goal of the project, to develop three different Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS), will be seamlessly continued by three different project, each focused on the development of a HET EPS for a different orbit and application field.
- Advanced Space Propulsion for Innovative Realization of space Exploration (ASPIRE) project, starting in January 2021, will reach a TRL6 for the >20kW high power HET EPS for exploration applications.
- CHEOPS LOW POWER (CHEOPS LP) project, starting in February 2021, will reach a TRL7-8 for the low power (200-700W) HET EPS for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) applications.
- CHEOPS MEDIUM POWER (CHEOPS MP) project, starting in March 2021, will reach a TRL7-8 for the dual mode EPS for GEO/NAV applications.
The three projects will receive funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreements have already been signed.
ASPIRE is coordinated by SITAEL (Italy) and the consortium is also composed by Thales Alenia Space France, Advanced Space Technologies (Germany), Microtest (Italy), Imperial College London (UK), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Università di Pisa (Italy), and SME4SPACE (Belgium).
CHEOPS LP is coordinated by Safran Aircraft Engines (France), and the members of the team are Thales Alenia Space Belgium, SME4SPACE (Belgium), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Bradford Engineering (Netherlands), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Sweden), and Aerospazio Tecnologie (Italy).
CHEOPS MP is also coordinated by Safran Aircraft Engines (France), and the composition of the consortium is the same of CHEOPS LP, with the addition of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfhart – DLR (Germany).
Further information on the projects and links to the relative websites will be available soon on our website.