SPARC Industries

CORE BUSINESS

SPARC Industries has two core business areas. Number one is accelerating our customers’ satellite thruster technology and product development in order to be at market as early as possible - at lower cost and risk. We achieve this by

  • reducing the number of experimental test campaigns common in our customers’ business;
  • reducing the overall time for test preparation, conduction, and interpretation;
  • reducing the overall cost for material, operation, and personnel;
  • reducing the overall risk associated with the supply chain;
  • reducing the overall risk associated with long term personnel availability;

This is implemented with the support of our self-developed plasma simulation software “Tech Zero” which fulfils space industry requirements as well as ESA requirements. The confidence in the simulation results is enhanced by respective reporting allowing a much easier interpretation of the results, primarily based on novel, ESA-rated metrics. This lifts the credibility of simulation results used in research proposals and the competitivity of consortia using such metrics.

Tech Zero has been invented not only for accelerated EP thruster optimization but more generally for plasma technology exploration, specification, and IP generation. Thus, number two of our core business is IP exploitation by licensing the designs to customers who have strong interest in being first. Product development and commercialization can be done jointly.

One example of such a technology is given under “Products and Services”. Others are in the pipeline. They all share one requirement: having breakthrough potential.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Products:

Our ESA-rated plasma simulation software is designed for industrial use. The product requirements are derived from intense discussions with EU and US space industry members (propulsion developers and satellite manufacturers mainly), plasma simulation experts, and ESA.

The product is available as turnkey solution, i.e., it comes with matching hardware. The software is pre-installed, pre-configured, and burn-tested. The hardware has the newest CPU and GPU technology for maximum productivity at lowest cost and time. The product includes documentation and user manual, data bases, maintenance, and engineering support. Customers have access to free online tutorials. The plasma simulation software has not only general gas and plasma simulation capabilities, but also pre-configured propulsion designs for Hall Effect Thrusters and Ion Optics based acceleration stages. Thus, the client can start being productive on the day of delivery.

Additional design templates and functionalities can be provided upon request. The product delivers data in formats that are readable by satellite manufacturers’ tools for satellite contamination and charging.

The product allows helps doing two things much faster but at lower cost and risk: improving plasma technology designs, and innovating plasma technology designs.

An own thruster technology currently under development has the unique property of igniting a plasma inside while remaining in stealth mode during operation: Invisible to optical observers, and invisible to the satellite – the latter enhancing the satellite’s lifetime due to lacking plasma-thruster interactions. This technology can be tailored to work with existing thruster technologies.

Services:

Engineering support with a broad spectrum of elements, e.g., direct consultancy, participation in consortia projects, performing and interpreting simulations. Our core expertise is in the field of gas and plasma flows at low pressures as they occur inside satellite thrusters, nuclear fusion devices, several surface treatment processes (coating, de-coating, structuring), around satellites in very low Earth orbits and polar orbits in general, as well as during atmospheric (re-)entry at high altitudes. The approach we are using is based on the software we are offering as a product. The software is equipped with a high level of automation for the sake of finding targeted technology specifications that not only match your requirements, but also with features that allow effective generation of IP.

We also offer maintenance service for NSD-Gradel neutron generators to end customers and manufacturers.

MAIN CUSTOMERS

Developers of electric satellite thrusters both start-ups as well as established companies. Due to the strong interdependences among members of the value chain of satellite development, we target also satellite manufacturers, incubators (hosting plasma propulsion developing start-ups), Universities with or without EP labs, independent plasma propulsion labs, and public research labs.

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