The Spacecraft Plasma Interaction System SPIS has been developed to model spacecraft/plasma interactions, and more particularly spacecraft charging. More accurate, adaptable and extensible than the existing simulation codes, SPIS is designed to be used for a broad range of industrial and scientific applications.
SPIS addresses a large majority of the new challenges in spacecraft charging outlined by recent commercial and scientific missions, including:
- Modelling of the environment of electric thruster systems (plume);
- Solar arrays – plasma interactions;
- Internal charging;
- Dusty plasma;
- Plasma instruments calibration;
Initiated and partially funded by ESA and CNES, supported by numerous contributors, like ONERA, Artenum and major European industrials actors as well as academic institutes, SPIS is developed in an Open Source approach and oriented towards a community-based development. In this frame, SPIS is developed in an Open Source approach and oriented towards a community-based development, SPIS is already available for the whole community and is used by members of the European Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Network in Europe SPINE.
Thanks to this long term effort, SPIS is today a reference solution in spacecraft charging and spacecraft-plasma interaction analysis.
SPIS-Services also offer a dedicated versions of SPIS: the SPIS-Services Edition.