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a space propulsion company that develops electric propulsion systems for spacecrafts. SETS team of experts including four PhD designs, manufactures and tests all components of Space Propulsion Systems, such as Hall Thrusters, Xenon Storage and Feed System, Power Processing Unit, and Automatic Control System.
The SPS-40 Propulsion System leverages the leading-edge Hall thrusters and is optimized for small mass class satellites. The main objectives are to adjust the positions of satellites and deorbit after the finish of their operational lifespan. Designed with state-of-the-art Hall thruster technology based on permanent magnets delivering superior performance, and is a significant step forward to miniaturize thrusters without reliability compromise.
The SPS-25 Propulsion System was designed for small satellites mass up to 500 kg. The propulsion system is used to adjust the positions of satellites and deorbit them after the finish of their operational lifespan. Advantages of this propulsion system are the low mass and fast production capabilities.
The ST-40 Hall-Thruster was designed for use as part of the propulsion system for Leo-Geo satellites, and the new ways of mass manufacturing make it a perfect low-cost solution for constellations of small satellites. With the ST-40 thruster, the small private operators or satellites developers can utilize the same high-performance systems as government agencies with appropriate commercial-sized budgets. With multi-propellant capability, ST-40 can be used in various satellite missions with thrust and specific impulse flexibility.
The ST-25 Hall-Thruster is the most compact and based on the permanent magnet in the central core. It is designed with the latest modern manufacturing principles that make ST-25 a perfect solution for satellite constellations. Driven by 60-years of Hall thruster technology, we invented a new thruster and eliminated the main pain points of low-powered thrusters.
The Power Processing Unit (PPU) is designed as a part of the Electric Propulsion System (EPS) SPS-40, which consists of ST-40 Hall Thruster and Xenon Feed System (XFS). PPU consists of 3 main subsystems: Thruster and XFS power parts and the main controller.
The XFS power part is intended to control low-voltage power supplies for sensors, heaters, valves, and measurement circuits which connected with supply of xenon.
The Thruster power part controls the converters which transform the onboard power to anode and cathodes using power stabilization.
The main controller performs operating algorithms, controls all power converters, measurements, and provides communication with the onboard computer.
The Power Processing Unit (PPU) is designed as a part of the Electric Propulsion System (EPS) SPS-25, which consists of ST-25 Hall Thruster and Xenon Feed System (XFS). PPU consists of 3 main subsystems: Thruster and XFS power parts and the main controller. Also, XFS has external microcontroller based measurement unit. The Thruster power part controls the converters which transform the onboard power to anode and cathodes using power stabilization.
The XFS power part is intended to control low-voltage power supplies, heaters, valves and communicate with XFS measurement unit. The XFS measurement unit part is connected to PPU via RS-485 interface. It is intended to control low-voltage power supplies and measurement circuits for XFS sensors. The main controller performs operating algorithms, controls all power converters, measurements, and provides communication with the onboard computer.
The Xenon Feed System (XFS) is designed for working in the structure of Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS) with the Hall-effect thruster(s). XFS fulfills three main tasks: storage of the working substance in the high pressure (up to 180 bar) tank, decreasing the high pressure to the working pressure (1-2 bar), and feed the required values of the mass flow rates into electrical propulsion thrusters).
Most of the components (solenoid valves, accumulator tank, flow restrictors, fill and drain valve etc.) are designed and manufactured in-house, which shortens the time of production and allows adapting the feed system to the required parameters.
The ST-100 is a 1.5 kW Hall-Effect Thruster developed by SETS.
Dedicated to a wide range of spacecraft applications and providing the following capabilities: maintaining the spacecraft’s orbit parameters, performing orbital maneuvers, and deep space missions.
Thruster's parts are produced using additive technologies, which have significantly increased the accuracy of parts manufacturing and ensured the automated production process.
The advantages of the ST-100 Hall Effect Thruster are high parameters, reliability, and long lifetime.
Development strategy establishing. Business planning. Market analysis. Laboratory formation.
Forming the core team. The vacuum test stands purchase. Selecting of measuring equipment. Defining of electric propulsion design parameters for various missions. Propulsion system main elements calculating.
Development of electric propulsion systems components (anode block, hollow cathode, XFS, PPU, and others). Team growth. Manufacturing of laboratory prototypes of the electric propulsion systems components. Organization of test facilities.
Designed engineering models:
– Propulsion systems: SPS-25, SPS-40
– Hall-Effect thrusters: ST-40, ST-25
– Power Processing Units
– Expanded of test facilities
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