Space Transport Technology

Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme

Die IRS Forschungsabteilung Raumtransporttechnologie unter der Leitung von Prof. Stefanos Fasoulas.

ERA Triebwerk am IRS
ERA Triebwerk am IRS

Test and development of various electric propulsion systems, plasma sources, and plasma wind tunnels.

  • Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion (ABEP);
  • Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) as propulsion device and for plasma applications;
  • Applied-Field MPD-Thruster (AF-MPD);
  • Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT);
  • Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT, Helicon);
  • Thermal Arcjets;
  • Water Electrolysis Propulsion;


  • Test, development and operation of plasma wind tunnels for the qualification of heat shield materials and of numerical methods for spacecraft's reentry, interplanetary probes, and rocket coumbustion chambers.


This image shows Stefanos Fasoulas

Stefanos Fasoulas

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Professor of Space Transportation Technology, Head of the IRS Institute, Dean of Studies at Faculty 6 - Aerospace Technology and Geodesy

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