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Bernhard Seifert

Bernhard Seifert

Bernhard Seifert studied physics and computer science at the University of Vienna and Vienna Technical University. He is the head of the Aerospace Engineering at FOTEC Department, the subsidiary research company of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN). Mr. Seifert led the development of the IFM Nano Thruster (Indium FEEP Multiemitter) including the power electronics based on FEEP (Field Emission Electric Propulsion) technology which was successfully demonstrated in orbit in 2018. He also developed miniaturized pulsed plasma thrusters for CubeSats (nano satellites typically smaller than 10x30x30 cm and lighter than 3 kg). In 2010 he founded the spin-out company silicon systems which develops distributed measurement and control instruments for industrial applications. Between 2012 and 2017 he was the technical project manager of the first Austrian CubeSat mission PEGASUS which was successfully launched and commissioned in the summer of 2017. Since 2018 Mr. Seifert is focusing on the development of FEEP thrusters for future ESA science missions.

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