Product/Service - SUPREME
- In-Space Transportation
Transport Service (In-Space)
Transport Service (LEO-GEO)
- First launch
This unique space electric propulsion technology is suitable for three main markets:
- Automated Transfer Vehicles for spacecraft servicing,
- Lunar and cis-lunar transportation, and;
- Mars cargo missions.
NSS is developing the SUPREME thruster – an EP technology that offers a unique combination of features based on superior operational flexibility, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and thrust efficiency compared to the competition. In high-power applications, the SUPREME thruster outperforms status-quo EP technology, cutting costs by millions of euros through propellant mass savings.
The SUPREME thruster is a magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster. Unlike other potential high-power EP systems, MPD thrusters have a 60-year research heritage and their technology is well understood. Furthermore, they are far simpler and more reliable than potential competitors such as VASIMR. MPD thrusters have been previously limited by the large mass of the electrical components. With the introduction of high temperature superconductors (HTS), these obstacles can be overcome.