Project image
)}
$67,865
pledged of $200,000pledged of $200,000 goal
1,274
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 5 2013 9:00 PM UTC +00:00
$67,865
pledged of $200,000pledged of $200,000 goal
1,274
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 5 2013 9:00 PM UTC +00:00

Our team just finished cleaning and assembling the next generation CAT engine. She is almost ready for plasma testing later next week!

Posted by Benjamin Longmier, Ph.D. (Creator)

Dear CAT team,

Just a quick update that my students finished :

0) Critical design review of the thruster was passed last week, led by grad student Tim Collard

1) Finished vacuum chamber acceptance testing (gets down to 3x10-7 Torr, lower pressure than LEO), led by grad student Ingrid Reese.

2) The cleaning and assembly of the next generation cubesat engine was finished today. We are integrating the RF circuit, hooking up propellant and mass flow controllers, and running through our first plasma startup recipes this week and next week.

We are just as excited as you all are to light CAT up next week!

-Ben

PS: We are in need of a name for this next generation CAT. Please chime in on our facebook page to suggest a name. As a suggestion the name can embody the spirit of breaking down tech barriers, exploring new frontiers, or making great discoveries in the lab. 
https://www.facebook.com/CubeSatAmbipolarThruster

Comments

Only backers can post comments. Log In
    1. Missing avatar

      schaep on

      The engine has the following spec:
      Up to 20,000 m/s plasma exhaust velocity

      How much time would it need to for the cubesat to reach a speed of 10.000 m/s using this engine (given there would be enough fuel)? How much fuel would that take?