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