Company descriptions


ENPULSION was founded in 2016 as a product spin-off of FOTEC, the research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria, to produce and commercialize the Field-Emission Electric Propulsion (FEEP) technology for the global market. This technology is based on more than 20 years of research and development work in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA).

In its own semi-automated production facility, ENPULSION is manufacturing the IFM Nano Thrusters – a compact, scalable, and modular electric propulsion system with commodity pricing as well as ultra-short lead times. The IFM Nano Thruster is used as a compact pre-qualified building block in order to provide customized propulsion solutions for nano- and microsatellites. By clustering the IFM Nano modules the scaled version – the IFM Micro Thruster – can be created to target small and medium size space crafts as well.

ENPULSION propulsion systems are provided to customers on a global scale and the company has expanded with a representative office in the U.S.A. in 2017. As per September 2019 there are 25 IFM Nano Thrusters in space with total deliveries approaching 100 thrusters.


FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH is the research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt in Austria and has been founded in 1998. FOTEC initiates and implements R&D projects with intent to support the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt in the realization of its R&D strategy for the bachelor and master study programmes.

FOTEC acts in a highly interdisciplinary environment and has access to a network composed of national and international companies, research organisations, universities, intermediary organisations as well as funding agencies.

The company employs more than 40 scientists, technicians and developers from a variety of different countries and operates three departments: Innovative Software Systems, Engineering Technologies and Aerospace Engineering.

The department of Aerospace Engineering, acquired from the Austrian Institute of Technology in 2011, has more than 30 years of experience in the support of space-related technology developments. The international team, consisting of experts from different fields, regularly supplies the European space industry with innovative technology solutions, such as electrical and chemical propulsion technologies and energy systems. The IFM Nano Thruster was developed between 2015 and 2018 by FOTEC and commercialized by the spin-out ENPULSION since 2016. The first in-orbit successful demonstration took place early 2018. Our technologies have contributed to the success of missions such as Geotail, Equator-S, Cluster, Cluster-II, Rosetta, DoubleStar and MMS.

In addition, FOTEC operates a modern and state-of-the-art laboratory for additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals and polymers. Since 2010 highly complex prototypes and structural parts are designed and manufactured at FOTEC by laser beam melting. Additive manufacturing allows a high degree of design freedom, which is not allowed with conventional technologies. FOTEC is maturing and qualifying this novel technology for future use in space applications. Satellite components – such as motor brackets, RF guides or flexible bellows have already been demonstrated.


Safran Aircraft Engines, the aircraft engine manufacturer. A maker of aircraft engines for 110 years, Safran, through its Aircraft Engines subsidiary, designs, develops, produces and markets, alone or in partnership, engines for civil and military aircraft, and for satellites.

Our business is based on a clear vision of the market, unrivaled expertise, state-of-the-art production capabilities and a complete range of services for optimized engine maintenance and fleet management.

Given the challenges of the fast-growing aviation market, Safran Aircraft Engines is building foundations for the future and planning ahead to meet customers' evolving requirements by investing in new technologies and developing engines that are even friendlier to the environment.

Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for satellites.


ArianeGroup is a franco-german company and a world leader in access to space, working for its institutional and commercial customers and Europe’s strategic independence.

The perfect innovative, highly competitive solution for civil launch systems and space applications – that’s what we give our institutional, commercial and industrial customers. We are expert in the most cutting-edge technologies, from all aspects of complete propulsion systems right down to the items of equipment and materials. We leverage all of this expertise, the unique knowledge of our teams, into benefiting the space, energy, and other industrial sectors, with the high value added products, equipment and services.


The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,000 employees. With major locations in El Segundo, Calif., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Washington, D.C., Aerospace addresses complex problems with agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership across the space enterprise and other areas of national significance. For more information, visit