LOEWE Focus Group RITSAT
Ion Thrusters for Space Travel – Plasma Physics and Future Technologies
1st Physics Institute, JLU Giessen
Tel.: 0641 99-33190
Fax: 0641 99-33119
Giessen space activities in the field of ion engines for satellites and space ships have a 40-year-old tradition and have been selectively expanded in recent years, for example through cooperation with the German Center for Air and Space Travel (DLR) and the introduction in Germany of a unique branch "Atomic, Plasma, and Space Travel Physics" in the Master's degree studies for physics. These activities can now lay considerable foundations for a successful establishment of the LOEWE Focus Group RITSAT (Spokesman: Prof. Dr. Peter J. Klar, 1st Physics Institute), through which an internationally competitive center for electric space propulsion can be established, in which teaching, research, development, and marketing can be united under one roof. In this way Giessen's scientists can contribute sustainably to new and continuing developments in space propulsion for the upcoming scientific missions of the DLR and the European Space Agency. Considerable contributions to missions such as the search for extraterrestrial life or the attempt to prove gravity waves and thereby test Einstein's general theory of relativity can also be expected. With this project, JLU will work together with the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research Darmstadt and the Technical University of Central Hessen.