For the first time launched a satellite with an ion engine on iodine


Tests of the first small satellite with an ion engine on iodine, allowing it to maneuver and change the flight path.

The standard problem of all small spacecraft is the lack of motor settings needed to manage the flight and disposal after the service life is completed. As a solution, ThrustMe startup with the support of the European Agency has developed and successfully experienced a modular ionic electrically motor installation of NPT30-I2, which is much smaller and easier than ordinary systems, and can also be controlled by onboard algorithms.

Instead of the traditional liquid fuel, it uses a solid iodine, which, when heated, goes into a gaseous state, bypassing the liquid phase. This feature of the crystal does not require valves or channels to move jet fuels, and allow you to use any geometric storage form.

When the engine is started, the system heats up the iodine, turning it into gas, the molecules of which then receive an electric charge and accelerate the power system, creating a craving to 1.1 MN and a specific impulse to a duration of up to 40 minutes.

BEIHANGKONSHI-1 satellite on which NPT30-I2 was tested.

This installation can be used on small satellites to adjust the height and entry into the atmosphere and combustion upon completion of the mission. With the same purpose in Japan are already developing

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