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Médaille de l'innovation 2019 : Ane Aanesland

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  00:03:11  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

On the occasion of the 2019 CNRS innovation medal award, we look back at the career of physics researcher Ane Aanesland. Trained at the University of Tromsø in Norway, then recruited at the CNRS Plasma Physics Laboratory, Ane Aanesland along with her colleague Dmytro Rafalskyi, founded the start-up ThrustMe in 2017, specialising in the propulsion of miniaturised satellites. Together they have developed two major innovations to reduce the size of the propulsion systems used by satellites to maintain themselves in the correct orbit.
The first is the use of ergol, a generic term for any material that provides energy for space propulsion. By developing new ways of storing, processing and accelerating iodine, they were able to show that in its solid form this low-cost ergol could replace xenon, a gas widely used for plasma propulsion systems.
The second area of innovation is the design of a unique technology that allows both positive ions and electrons to be accelerated, instead of having a separate electrode to emit each type of particle. In view of the increasing number of satellites being launched, their aim is to make the space industry more sustainable. On 3 November 2019, the world's first iodine-powered satellite was launched and by 2020 ThrustMe will sign its first commercial contracts.

Producer : CNRS Images
Director : CARRÉ Fabien
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Incrustation de textes.
Interventions en son direct (anglais sous-titré en francais). Musiques.
PersonnalitiesAANESLAND Ane(LPP, UMR CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, Ecole Polytechnique, Univ. Paris-Sud, Univ. Sorbonne Université, ThrustMe)
NotesLPP : Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas (INSIS)


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Item No.6775
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
VersionFrench ; English ; International version
Delivery supportDigitalised File