First miniature hall thruster (< 60W) launched and tested in space since Aug 2019
Meeting space debris mitigation requirements of ESA and NASA at end of missions
Enabling drag-free control, altitude transfers, constellation, station keeping, etc
We are developing and advancing leading miniature plasma propulsion technologies and systems for orbital manoeuvring and position control of small satellites in space, supporting long-lifespan small satellites applications.
On 31 August 2019, SpaceSATS and Plasma Sources and Applications Centre (PSAC) at NTU together with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences has successfully launched 4 modules of Hall-Effect Micro Jet (HEM-Jet) thrusters on board of the first scientific microgravity satellite Taiji-1 for in-space gravitational wave detection. All 4 sets of HEM-Jet thrusters have performed flawlessly in space since the launch.
To date, SpaceSATS is developing a new series of turnkey low-power, high-efficiency, miniature Hall thrusters of three distinctive classes (10W, 30W and 60W). The miniature plasma propulsion system is of great advantage for critical satellite manoeuvres, drag-free control, altitude transfers, inclination correction, constellation phasing, station keeping, collision avoidance and end-life deorbiting.