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The EPIC EU project: The future of electric propulsion
In space, electric propulsion (EP) thrusters are employed mainly in satellites and the upper stages of launchers. They use electric current to augment fuel efficiency. As the thrust generated by these units is not very strong, they are useful only under outer-space conditions, i.e. in a vacuum where space vehicles are not slowed down by air drag.
The objective of the project PERASPERA is to implement the Strategic Research Cluster "Space Robotics Technologies" in the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. This comprises the compilation of a European roadmap which is complementary to national activities.
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