At Neutron Star Systems, we're developing a first-of-its-kind SUPerconductor based Readiness Enhanced Magnetoplasmadynamic Electric Propulsion thruster - ... that doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, which is why we prefer to call it the SUPREME thruster.
The concept is relatively simple: take industrially mature High-temperature Superconductors and integrate them into widely researched, robust Applied-field Magnetoplasmadynamic thruster technology (AF-MPD for short). With this combination, we're able to leverage the disruptive capabilities of both technologies to push human space activities further, faster.
Let's show you what this means.
Our thruster can operate on several types of propellant - heavily reducing costs and opening possibilities for new types of mission architectures.
SIMPLE & ROBUST
MPD thrusters have a simple operating principle and are more reliable than other competing high-power technologies.
We're building on over 60 years of research heritage, with well-understood behaviour and proven high-power operations.
MPD thrusters are inherently suited to high powers. They scale with minimal mass penalties, thus outperforming competitors at higher mission powers.
Our thruster can operate over a wide range of conditions, allowing a single thruster design to operate at the optimum conditions for any given mission.