Innovative Propulsion Systems for Small Satellite Market (ISPS)

Development Projects

NanoAvionics has been awarded a grant by the Public Institution Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA) to perform R&D activities on technologies of chemical propulsion systems for small satellite applications and for expansion of the company‘s R&D infrastructure. 

The first part of the project is devoted to scientific R&D activities, starting with an in-orbit test campaign of the current NanoAvionics-developed chemical propulsion system prototype during the LituanicaSAT-2 satellite mission. In parallel, a laboratory test campaign with the same design of system prototype is planned to be performed. Data collected from both test campaigns will be analyzed. As a result, a further product development plan of the system will be prepared including designing, prototyping and testing. The goal of the project is to develop the following two next generation propulsion systems prototypes reaching the 8th technology readiness level (TRL):

  • an orbital maneuvering system (OMS) and
  • an attitude control system.
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The second part of the project is devoted to expansion of the company’s R&D infrastructure. During the implementation of the activity it is planned to acquire and set up the following infrastructure items:

  • a thermal vacuum chamber (-45 °C to +150 °C, 1×10-06 mbar) for environmental testing campaigns;
  • ISO class 7 clean room facilities;
  • an electronics laboratory including testing, diagnostics, assembly and integration equipment; and
  • a mechanical workshop including equipment and tools for assembly and integration of mechanical components and systems.
EPSS propulsion system prototype
LituanicaSAT-2 – first CubeSat which used EPSS propulsion system in-orbit

Project Details

EU Horizon2020
  • Funding Organisation: Lithuanian Business Support Agency
  • Funding Tool: “Intelektas. Bendri mokslo–verslo projektai”
  • Project Amount:  Eur 1,474,619.00
  • Project Duration: March 2017 – September 2019
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