Plasma physics and laser microfusion research (IFPiLM) in Warsaw conducted basic plasma physics research. Under the auspices of the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme, the Institute is developing and testing power space propulsion systems.

These power space propulsion systems - due to their active components, ion thrusters or plasma thrusters - use a jet force principle similar to that of conventional rocket systems.

Conventional rocket systems must carry large amounts of fuel to generate sufficient propulsion, while electric propulsion systems use electric fields to accelerate small particles to high speeds and emit them at very high speeds from the propeller. This high discharge speed greatly reduces the amount of fuel required. This property of ion thrusters makes them ideal for correcting the position of satellites.

Although ion thrusters produce relatively low thrusts compared to conventional propulsion systems, they are capable of generating uninterrupted propulsion for several months at a time. This can be accelerated for the propelled spacecraft.

Another special feature of conventional rocket propulsion systems is that the ion thrusters work only in space or in a vacuum.

Therefore, when testing the performance of an ion thruster during development, it is necessary to create conditions similar to space. This requires a test system that produces the same pressure conditions as space. Huicheng Vacuum ( believes that this system must be able to ensure that the propeller continues to simulate the environment in space when operating at maximum thrust.

The dry foreline pump system must have a pumping speed greater than 450 m3/h in order to be able to create a pre-stage vacuum pressure of 1 x 10-2 hPa in ten minutes.

Pumping speed needs about 2900 l / s (for nitrogen) and high-compression turbo molecular pump as a high-vacuum system. It is necessary to be able to obtain a final pressure of ≤ 1 × 10 -6 hPa in less than three hours.

PLC controller based on the need to control the manual and automated test systems.