Radio Frequency Ion Thruster Laboratory of Moscow Aviation Institute – a New Form of Russian-German Cooperation


Loeb H. W., Popov G. A.*, Obukhov V. A.**

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), 4, Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow, А-80, GSP-3, 125993, Russia



Resolution No. 220 of the Russian Federation Government “On measures for attracting leading scientists to Russian educational institutions of higher professional education” opened the door to new forms of international scientific cooperation. Moscow Aviation Institute became the winner of competition and received a grant for the foundation of the «Radio-Frequency Ion Thruster Laboratory (RF IT Laboratory)» under the leadership of Prof. Horst Wolfgang Loeb for the execution of the R&D work “Research and development of space high-impulse high-frequency electric ion thrusters” for the period of 2010-2012. The history of cooperation between MAI and universities of Germany in the field of electric propulsions and results of the RF IT Laboratory activities as of a new form of Russian-German cooperation in this field are presented in the paper.


rf-ion thruster; electric propulsion; Russian-German cooperation

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