Chemical
Thrusters


Simple, Versatile and Cost Effective mono-propellant,
bi-propellant and hybrid propellant hydrogen-peroxide
propulsion systems to provide mobility to satellite platforms
and nanosatellite deployers.
our productS

MONO
PROPELLANT
THRUSTER

Simple, Versatile and Cost Effective mono-propellant hydrogen-peroxide propulsion systems to provide mobility to satellite platforms and nanosatellite deployers providing up to 50 N of thrust.

BI-
PROPELLANT
THRUSTER

Simple, Versatile and Cost Effective Bi-propellant hydrogen-peroxide Kerosene propulsion systems to provide mobility to satellite platforms and nanosatellite deployers providing up to 300 N of thrust.

HYBRID
PROPELLANT
THRUSTER

Simple, Versatile and Cost Effective Hybrid Rocket Motor propulsion systems to provide mobility to satellite platforms and nanosatellite deployers in a range between 50 N to 10 kN of thrust.

OUR background

We are developing chemical rocket motors since 2006. We started developing Hybrid Rocket Motors based on nitrous oxide and paraffin wax in the frame of the Rocket Assisted Take-Off Booster program, achieving two flight demonstrations in 2009 and 2010. In 2014 we started working on hydrogen peroxide technology, performing more than 500 tests on different motors: mono-propellant, bi-propellant and hybrids on a range between 50 N to 10 kN of thrust.

12 years of experience

hydrogen peroxide technology

more than 500 tests done

funded projects

The research and development took place through different research programs,
both financed internally and within FP7/H2020 programs
in cooperation with major Aerospace companies.

Flight of a 20 kN N2O-paraffin hybrid booster funded by major aerospace company.

SPRTAN FP7 European program. Consortium coordinated by Thales Alenia Space Italia (Tas-I).

Start of current activities with hydrogen peroxide funded by major aerospace company.

HYPROGEO H2020 European program. Consortium coordinated by Airbus DS .

capabilities

We carry out research and development activities
through a combined numerical-experimental investigation.

We design, develop and test mono-propellant, bi-propellant and hybrid rocket motors;

We use numerical codes to optimize motor performances;

We have expertise operating with Nitrous Oxide, GOX and Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide as oxidizers;

We are capable of in-situ concentration to avoid transportation issues of propulsion-grade hydrogen peroxide.

Thruster technology

thE OXIDIZER

Highly stabilized hydrogen peroxide based rocket motors.

Whether we have a wide expertise also operating with nitrous oxide, our key technology for the oxidizer is highly-stabilized hydrogen peroxide.

Green

Hydrogen peroxide is green and non toxic; it requires just normal chemical suites and proper procedures to be safely handled.

Stability

We have developed our motors around the highly stabilized hydrogen peroxide, which reduces compatibility issues.

In-situ concentration

We perform in-situ concentration of our hydrogen peroxide. This eliminate transportation issues of highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide, and allows us to operate with a concentration level up to 95%.

Versatility

Hydrogen peroxide is a dense and versatile propellant, which can be used in many different configurations: to feed mono-propellant, bi-propellant, hybrid propellant rocket motors, enabling throttleability and multiple restartability of the motors.

Thruster technology

thE FUEL

Paraffin wax.

Regarding hybrid rocket motors, we are one of the groups with more established expertise on using paraffin wax as solid fuel. We are working with this liquefying fuel since 2007, casting fuel grains up to 200 kg, acquiring a wide database on fuel properties. We have performed more than 500 tests on motors using paraffin wax, from laboratory scale to full scale, in the range between 100 N to 30 kN, acquiring also flight experience.

Green

Paraffin wax is a green fuel. In combination with H2O2 as oxidizer, exhaust gases are water steam and CO2.

High regression rates

Thanks to its liquefying characteristic, it provides high regression rates, thus allowing simple single port fuel grains.

Strength

Our paraffin has good thermomechanical performance able to withstand launch vibrations and in-orbit temperature stresses.

Casteability

We have acquired expertise in casting fuel grains of different sizes up to 200 kg.