Electrostatic Voltmeter – ElsVm

Partner Call open until: 9 July 2021

Start of the project: Q3 2021


The project aims to investigate a novel tool for the measurement of electrostatic field at  ion-thruster electrodes. In more detail we aim for researching a fully digital, multichannel, electrostatic voltmeter for quantifying contactless the electric potential.

Our goal is to surpass the shortcomings of currently available electrostatic voltmeters by realizing a modern meter design that fulfils specific user requirements for applications in satellite ion thruster management. Enhanced data storage capability, data analytics as well as state-of-the-art communication interfaces (Ethernet, USB) and protocols (e.g. SCPI, remote/web GUI), will be ensured thereby.

Expected Results

  • A fully digital voltmeter technology, which enables parallel data acquisition from minimum  eight channels.
  • Poka-yoke based digital and mechanical realisation for fail-safe operation.