ADELAIDE, 23 November 2023 – Neumann Space are pleased to announce a collaboration with the French Space Agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and REDARC Defence & Space as we pursue Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) certification of the Neumann Drive®.

Since no existing EMI qualification standard accurately captures the complex nature of pulsed propulsion systems, Neumann Space enlisted trusted partners to develop and evaluate a new test methodology aimed specifically at pulsed propulsion, with the goal of qualifying our Neumann Drive system.

This is an important part of Neumann Space’s product validation process, which provides confidence to our customers and ensures that a clear quality certification process is in place.

Neumann Space approached CNES, who brings deep technical knowledge for EMI testing of Space hardware, and REDARC Defence & Space, who offers a fit for purpose certified test facility in Adelaide, Australia, to collaborate on the qualification effort.

This partnership between French and Australian organisations demonstrates the value of the extensive expertise within foreign space agencies, and the immediate benefits that can be realised when paired with local industry partners.

CNES offers methods for temporal measurements and correlation with spectral measurements, provides specific antennas to complete test setups and diversify acquisitions and will actively participate in data post-processing.

REDARC Defence & Space, an Australian-owned and operated design to manufacture business, is providing a certified test environment in the form of their anechoic chamber, expert test personnel, and the specialised equipment necessary for the tests.

A key component of the testing will be a unique, specialised vacuum chamber specifically designed and built for EMI testing of space rated hardware. This is provided by Neumann Space – along with a second-generation unit of our world-leading Neumann Drive – and will be integrated into REDARC’s facility for the duration of testing.

Together, the 3 partners are advancing space technologies and aim to provide a new approach for EMI testing of electric thrusters while Neumann Space and CNES contribute to the development of a new standard for electric propulsion in space!

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