Our Electric Propulsion Laboratory is equipped with three vacuum chambers. Two vacuum chambers, named MSL-VC1 and MSL-VC2 are L‐shaped, approximately 0.6 m diameter by 1.5 m long. The third chamber, MSL-VC3, is cylindrical with a diameter of about 0.5 m and a length of 0.6 m.
Features and capabilities of our EP laboratory include:
Power supplies and measuring instruments
The laboratory has also all the supporting electronics and equipment needed to operate the three chamber independently and to test electric propulsion thrusters such as hollow cathodes, hollow cathode thrusters, resistojets, ion engines discharge chambers and PPTs. In particular several DC electric power supplies are normally used, including low and high voltage supplies (up to 15 kV) and low and high current supplies (up to 60 A). RF power supplies and generators are also available.
Available diagnostics includes:
Our facilities are available for external customers under suitable commercial arrangements
For more information please contact us