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The Horizon Europe project

CHEOPS VHP BB

Very High-Power Building Blocks

The aim of the project

CHEOPS Very High-Power
Building Blocks

The project aims to complement ongoing thruster-focused development activities with research and development on the actual future use of VHP Hall thruster systems: overall system architecture against various mission use cases, robust and cost-effective approach to qualification, manufacturability of critical components subject to wear, typically the discharge chamber and cathode and the ability to envisage alternative propellants and power sources.

CHEOPS Very High-Power Building Blocks

Mission use case building block

Define detailed throttle profiles for a range of exploratory and IOS missions that will use very high power (VHP) Hall thrusters.

CHEOPS Very High-Power Building Blocks

Architectural building blocks

Determine the most suitable architecture for VHP Hall thruster systems depending on the mission scenario, and compatible with a wide operational range.

CHEOPS Very High-Power Building Blocks

Qualification building blocks

Establish recommendations to reduce uncertainties on failure mechanism models and identify appropriate diagnostic techniques.

CHEOPS Very High-Power Building Blocks

Technology building blocks

Demonstrate the feasibility of using additive manufacturing techniques to produce a large discharge chamber. Improve the maturity up to TRL6 of a 50/100A cathode.

Linked projects

CHEOPS MP & LP projects

Electric propulsion systems (EPS) use electrical power to accelerate a propellant. Compared to chemical propellants, they are very lightweight and highly efficient. The EU-funded projects CHEOPS MP and CHEOPS LP aim to innovate in the field of propulsion systems and increase Europe’s competitiveness in the satellite market.

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CHEOPS Medium Power

Cheopps LP | CHEOPS Very High-Power Building Blocks

CHEOPS Low Power

CHEOPS VHP BB
consortium partners

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