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The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded the “Sci-FIT” project to FOTEC, a research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN). The €2m deal is aimed at further optimising the FEEP thruster developed by FOTEC for future scientific missions such as the “Laser Interferometer Space Antenna” (LISA) designed to measure gravitation waves of supermassive black holes, for instance.
Until mid-2021, a total of 13 researchers at FOTEC as well as three experts from ENPULSION, a FOTEC spin-off, will be working on this project, according to a press release.
“We are delighted that the ESA is banking on FOTEC technology and is considering using it for future scientific missions. There are only a few organisations in Europe which meet the ESA’s requirements in terms of highly precise and highly reliable propulsion systems for scientific missions,” says FOTEC Managing Director Helmut Loibl.
This contract strengthens the entire technology and research location of Wiener Neustadt, which has already established itself as an aerospace hotspot, adds Peter Erlacher, COO of FHWN.
Source: University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN)
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