- Parabolic Arc
- September 28, 2023
Russia’s KBKhA Completes Test Series on Ion Engine
VORONEZH, Russia (Roscosmos PR) — The Chemical Automatics Design Bureau (KBKhA) in Voronezh has successfully completed the first series of test firings of an ion electric propulsion motor. This engine was jointly developed by KBKhA and the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI). Tests were carried out successfully on a special vacuum stand and confirmed compliance with parameters of the engine characteristics laid out in the specifications.
Work with the engine continues: planned a new series of test firings for production resources, and tests of the stability of proven performance in continuous operation.
The creation of electric rocket engines was started in the company in 2012. Development of electric propulsion team started after KBKhA won a 2013 competition of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education and Science to receive subsidies for the realization of complex projects for the organization of high-tech production. The company was among the winners of the project, “Creation of high-tech production and testing base for the development, Metal processing and industrial production of the new generation of electric propulsion.”
The purpose of state support is the development of cooperation of industrial enterprises, Russian higher education institutions and public research institutions. This is why each selected project has two performers: in particular, the creative partner KBKhA and the Institute of Applied Mechanics and Electrodynamics of MAI.
In contrast to liquid-propellant rocket engines, which KBKhA specialists have developed for more than half a century, electro-rocket engines have become a new focus of work at the enterprise in recent years. Designed for use in spacecraft, they can help to solve a wide range of tasks: the correction and stabilization of working orbit satellites, their movement from low to high orbit, as well as the implementation of operations in deep space.