High-efficiency multi-stage plasma (HEMP)

High-efficiency multi-stage plasma (HEMP)
In 2014, a small geostationary satellite (SmallGEO) will be launched to demonstrate in orbit for the first time that new technologies are capable of significantly reducing the operating cost
of telecommunication satellites. The HEMP thrusters, their power supply, the xenon gas flow controller, and other components will form a HEMP thruster assembly (HTA) that will be integrated in the SmallGeo satellite. The HTA project was commissioned by DLR's Space Administration.