PRECISE – Preliminary results of the MEMS-based µCPS

Markus Gauer, Dimitri Telitschkin, Ulrich Gotzig, Klaus Hannemann, Yann Batonneau, Pelle Rangsten, Mikhail Ivanov, Christopher Brunskill, Remco J. Wiegerink

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    This paper gives an overview on preliminary results of the project PRECISE. PRECISE focuses on theresearch and development of a MEMS-based monopropellant micro Chemical Propulsion System (µCPS) for highly accurate attitude control of satellites. Space mission concepts like formation flying, advanced robotic missions and rendezvous maneuvers require propulsion systems for precise attitude and orbit control maneuverability. Within PRECISE, research is conducted aiming at improving crucial MEMS technologies required for the propulsion system. Research and development also focuses on the efficiency and reliability of critical system components. Currently, the individual components of the prototype are being manufactured and assembled. The diagnostic tools for the plume and the thrust measurements are assembled and ready to be tested. The preparations for the final hot firing tests have started. Finally, the μCPS prototype will be tested in a simulated space vacuum environment. These experiments will deliver data for the validation of the numerical models implemented in the DLR TAU CFD code.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationJoint Propulsion Conferences
    Subtitle of host publication49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
    Place of PublicationReston, VA
    PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-222-6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
    Event49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, JPC 2013 - San Jose, United States
    Duration: 14 Jul 201317 Jul 2013
    Conference number: 49

    Publication series

    Name49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
    Volume1 PartF


    Conference49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, JPC 2013
    Abbreviated titleJPC 2013
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Jose


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