News | 18.11.2017

Electric Propulsion Strategic Research Cluster activities present in the IEPC 2017

International Electric Propulsion Conference 2017 (IEPC 2017)

The EPIC PSA and most of the on-going EP SRC Operational Grants were present and presented papers on Space Electric Propulsion with their latest developments in the IEPC 2017.

The 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) was organized during 8-12 October 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). The 2017 IEPC is the premier venue for researchers, developers, managers, and students from around the world to meet and discuss the latest in the field of electric propulsion. Conference topics cover the entire spectrum of electric propulsion research, development, and applications; including: Commercial Propulsion Needs; Industrial Scale Production of Flight Systems; Global Strategic Investments and Long Term Planning; Hall Thrusters, Ion Thrusters; Field Emission and Colloid Thrusters; MPD Thrusters; Pulsed Plasma Thrusters; Innovative or Advanced Electric Propulsion Concepts; Power and Power Processing Developments; etc.

The agenda and the detailed technical programme can be consulted here, and each paper presented can be downloaded from the IEPC 2017 webpage.


SRC papers presented during the IEPC 2017

These were the papers presented during the IEPC 2017 from each Operational Grant or their partners on activities developed under the SRC OGs activities:



  • IEPC-2017-47. The Strategic Research Clusters on Space Electric Propulsion. A New Instrument of the European Commission. Lopez Reig and José González del Amo.
  • IEPC 2017- 48. Electric Propulsion Activities at ESA. José González del Amo.


  • IEPC 2017-201. Development updates for a two-dimensional axisymmetric hybrid code for Plasma Thruster discharges. D. Pérez-Grande et al.
  • IEPC 2017-209. 2D and 3D Hybrid PIC-Fluid Modelling of Electric Thruster Plumes. A. Dominguez et al.

Many other papers not related to CHEOPS presented by: SAFRAN (HET), SITAEL (micro HET and PPU), and (TAS-BE PPU). See the detailed technical programme.


  • IEPC 2017-552. Gridded Ion Engine Standardised Electric Propulsion Platforms. Farid Infed.
  • IEPC 2017-266. AIRBUS DS Power Processing Units: New HET and GIT PPU Developments Qualification Status. Fernando Pintó, Javier Palencia, Nicoletta Wagner, Guillaume Glorieux.

Many other papers not related to GIESEPP presented by: ArianeGroup (RIT 2X), Qinetiq (T5-T6), and Airbus DS (PPUs for GIE-HET-HEMPT). See the detailed technical programme.



Many papers not related to HEMPT-NG presented by: TES (HEMPT). See the detailed technical programme.


  • IEPC 2017-394. Modeling of Colloid Thrusters for Mission Analysis. Enric Grustan-Gutiérrez and John P. W. Stark.


  • IEPC 2017-547. The “MINOTOR” H2020 Project for ECR Thruster Development. Denis Packan.
  • IEPC 2017-437. Measurement of Anisotropic Plasma Properties along the Magnetic Nozzle Expansion of an Electron Cyclotron Resonance Thruster. Sara Correyero, Julien Jarrige, Denis Packan, Eduardo Ahedo.
  • IEPC 2017-378. Direct Thrust Measurement of ECR plasma Thruster Performance and Comparison between Xenon and Krypton. Théo Vialis, Julien Jarrige, Denis Packan.
  • IEPC 2017-382. Investigation on the Ion Velocity Distribution in the Magnetic Nozzle of an ECR Plasma Thruster using LIF Measurements. Julien Jarrige, Sara Correyero, Paul-Quentin Elias, Denis Packan.
  • IEPC 2017-105. 2D Plasma Wave Propagation and Absorption in Electromagnetic Plasma Thrusters. Mario Merino and Eduardo Ahedo.
  • IEPC 2017-361. Advances in the Kinetic Simulation of Microwave Absorption in an ECR Thruster. Paul-Quentin Elias.
  • IEPC 2017-106. One-dimensional Direct Vlasov Simulations of Non-stationary Plasma Expansion in Magnetic Nozzle. G. Sánchez-Arriaga et al.


The IEPC 2017 was a perfect dissemination event to present to the international electric propulsion community the Electric Propulsion SRC activities and latest developments from all OGs partners; and was a great moment to strength the good collaboration and team spirit inside the SRC. The common objective is clear: Develop the European electric propulsion technology and its competitiveness and innovation, supported by the European Union in the frame of the Horizon 2020 Electric Propulsion SRC. The European electric propulsion was very well represented in Atlanta. The next IEPC 2019 will be in Vienna, Austria.