SPARC Industries has two core business areas. Number one is accelerating our customers’ satellite Electric propulsion technology and product development 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 learning curve of the technology by providing details that no experimental test generates;
- reducing the overall time for test preparation, conduction, and interpretation;
- reducing the overall cost for material, operation, and personnel;
- reducing the risk associated with the material supply chain including material availability in terms of time, quality, amount, and price;
- reducing the risk associated with test facility availability in terms of price, test window size;
- reducing the risk associated with long term personnel availability.
This is implemented with the support of our self-developed ESA-supervised plasma simulation software VSTRAP 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.. This not only enhances associated research proposal success chances but adds significantly to the client’s competitivity if VSTRAP generated results backed by written credibility proof is added to the client’s offer made to the satellite manufacturers.
VSTRAP has been invented not only for accelerated EP thruster optimization but more generally for any low density plasma technology exploration, specification, and IP generation. This is where our second core business comes in via IP exploitation by licensing the designs to customers who have strong interest in being first. The company is open to joint product development and commercialization.
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Our ESA-rated plasma simulation software VSTRAP 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. It not only
has general gas and plasma simulation capabilities, but also pre-configured propulsion designs, e.g., for Hall Effect Thrusters and Gridded Ion Optics. This allows being productive already on day one. The product delivers data in formats that are readable by satellite manufacturers’ tools for satellite contamination and charging. Additional design templates and functionalities can be provided upon request. Book a free live demo via our website!
An own thruster technology currently under development has the unique stealth capabilities: Invisible to optical observers, and invisible to the satellite – the latter enhancing the satellite’s lifetime.
Engineering support with a broad spectrum of elements, e.g., consultancy, simulation services, participation in consortia-based projects (ESA, Horizon Europe, etc.)..
Developers of electric satellite thrusters both start-ups as well as established companies. We also support satellite manufacturers to better predict the impact of certain satellite propulsion technologies on their satellites, incubators hosting start-ups from the aforementioned domains), Universities with or without EP labs, independent plasma propulsion labs, and public research labs.