Despite all COVID impacts and against all odds the GIESEPP team has progressed one step forward: Coupling ArianeGroup´s RIT-10 thruster with QinetiQ´s  T5-Neutralizer and AST GmbH´s flow control equipment (FCU, EPR, RADICAL) has demonstrated the perfect cooperation of all related devices for the very first time.

The system demonstrated 4 different operating points at power levels between 200 W and 800 W.

Furthermore, using the same setup, only with a small adaptation in mass flow the functionality was proven using krypton instead of xenon thus assessing a further milestone to a multi-propellant capable solution.

All tests took place at Gießen University´s “BigMac”-Facility.