University of Washington CubeSAT Team

University of Washington CubeSAT Team

Development of miniature satellites is presently of strong interest to university, government, and private industry companies as spacecraft designs are currently trending towards compact, inexpensive, and low power options. A small, lightweight propulsion source is required to enhance the capabilities of these satellites as well as increase their flight duration. A Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT) using a sulfur fuel cell is currently under development at the University of Washington to serve this need. A fully functional CubeSAT and integrated PPT for propulsion are being designed and built to test this propulsion source in Low Earth Orbit by the end of the decade.
Development of miniature satellites is presently of strong interest to university, government, and private industry companies as spacecraft designs are currently trending towards compact, inexpensive, and low power options. A small, lightweight propulsion source is required to enhance the capabilities of these satellites as well as increase their flight duration. A Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT) using a sulfur fuel cell is currently under development at the University of Washington to serve this need. A fully functional CubeSAT and integrated PPT for propulsion are being designed and built to test this propulsion source in Low Earth Orbit by the end of the decade.

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