We provide the aerospace market with smart propulsion solutions and services.
Today the space market is going through a deep renovation that requires new and cheap methods to put miniaturized satellites into the right orbit and to give them mobility. We believe that everyone should benefit of a more comfortable way of living and feel truly connected to the world, that’s why we have been developing different projects throughout the years to provide solutions to these new needs. Today we are focused on electric and chemical propulsion systems for in-space and launcher applications: cost-effective, reliable, complete and flexible electrical propulsion modules for micro and nano satellite platforms to allow inconceivable mission scenarios and chemical rocket engines for launchers, small upper stages, mini launchers, sounding rockets and gas generators.
Here in T4i, we think that mobility is one of the means for humanity to progress. In human history, the will to improve our technology and go over the limits pushed us to develop more and more efficient transportation means, to explore and move not only on the solid ground but in the sea and in space as well; so that since the invention of the combustion engine we built the first cars, we conquered the sky with the first planes and later the space with the first rockets and satellites.
The present connecting-revolution requires innovative mobility technologies to provide interlinking services at the moment unthinkable. Thanks to innovative mobility technologies we will launch and move new small satellites into Earth’s and other planets orbit, we will travel and explore our solar system and even go beyond it, thus opening new frontiers of knowledge and civilization for humankind, changing the way we live and perceive space.
Our story started in 2006 at the University of Padua.
At that time nobody was doing space propulsion there, nobody turned-on a rocket in the previous twenty years and everybody was very skeptical about the possibility of doing something serious in rocket science with no background and with no available spaces.
We started thanks to our passion and determination, the one of the people that despite all the difficulties and obstacles believe that life is a unique experience and live to realize dreams. And our dream was to go into space with our motors.
From the beginning we selected the market of small satellite as our natural home, lacking of viable technology solutions at suitable costs. At that time the new space economy was just a far idea.
After working for more than eight years, facing economical and technical difficulties and solving everyday troubles, we flew two times on an unmanned vehicle acquiring respect from several major aerospace companies.
In 2014 we started working a new chapter of our lives. At that time we had strong indication, the motors we were developing in the University environment may turn into products. That’s how we founded T4i, a Spin-Off of the Space Propulsion group of the University of Padua with a mix between entrepreneurs and engineers coming from University and Industry.