The new engine will allow microsatellites to perform "adult" tasks
Stellar Exploration claims that such a miniature two-component engine will allow microsatellites to make interplanetary missions.
LOGAN, Utah - Stellar Exploration, based in San Luis Obispo, California, is currently evaluating a small-size reactive system with which small vehicles can perform interplanetary missions.
Malin Space Science Systems from San Diego, so it's her power, "says Mike Luks, president of Space Exploration Engineering, specializing in missions in the space between Earth and the Moon, near the moon and deep space. The engine working on hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide is able to disperse the 12U cube-size and weighing about 28 kilograms to two kilometers per second.
"The tiny two-component motor that Stellar built, unexpectedly for many, gives the kubbaths the ability to perform what previously could only be much larger and correspondingly more expensive devices," Luks wrote to us in an e-mail. "None of the developments on the market in this the moment for the kubbaths is not even equal to this even close. Despite its size, this is a serious, "adult" jet engine built on well-known technologies, and with its help microsatellites will finally stop "splashing around in the paddock".
Financing for design and construction Stellar Exploration received under the program of Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (NASA), in which the development and development of scientific missions for small vehicles is supported. The company expects that for the first time its development is used on the cube, which will be sent to Mars along with the NASA mission to asteroid Psyche in the year 2022. Psyche will make a flight past Mars, so the coussat must have sufficient reserves of thrust to move from the asteroid to the orbit around the Red Planet.
"But we are looking for other options for practical application," explained SpaceNews Thomas Svitek, President of Stellar Exploration, at a conference on small satellites: "For example, such an engine can be put on a small robotic lander, or a microsatellite, which will move from the geostrip to a geostationary orbit, or a satellite that extends itself to orbit of the "Lightning" .
"Plus, it is designed for fairly low pressure in the tanks, which reduces the requirements for safety. We immediately planned everything in such a way that there would be fewer problems with restrictions, "Svitek added.