First NanoFEEP thruster ignition26.02.2019
On February 26th, at 09:59:00 UTC, one of the UWE-4 NanoFEEP thrusters was successfully ignited.
On February 26th, at 09:59:00 UTC, one of the UWE-4 NanoFEEP thrusters, developed by TU Dresden and Morpheus Space, was successfully ignited. This is the first time an electric propulsion system has been activated on board of a 1U CubeSat in space.
A voltage of more than 5kV has been produced by the power processing unit causing a thruster emitter current of 40µA. For this very first firing a duration of 30s was intended.
Primary mission: accomplished!
Within the next days experiments with the propulsion system for a characterization of the thrusters will be conducted.
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