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Last updated December 20, 2013

CAT: A Thruster for Interplanetary CubeSats

The CAT plasma thruster will propel a 5kg satellite into deep space, far beyond Earth orbit, at 1/1000th the cost of previous missions.

CAT: A Thruster for Interplanetary CubeSats

The CAT plasma thruster will propel a 5kg satellite into deep space, far beyond Earth orbit, at 1/1000th the cost of previous missions.

$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
Last updated December 20, 2013
 

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    Make science happen! Contribute to humankind's exploration of the solar system and we'll keep you updated regularly about the project. Includes interplanetary CAT pen. Also, insurance against being assimilated.

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    Mission patch, pen, and regular updates

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    Team t-shirt, patch, pen, and regular updates.

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    Laser etched CubeSat solar cell.

    These are laser engraved in our labs with the message: "Our team thanks you for taking space exploration into your own hands. -CAT "

    Each solar cell measures approximately 8 cm x 4 cm.

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    Your name laser etched onto gold plated spacecraft panel that will be exposed to space on our mission (up to 30 characters with spaces). Includes mission patch and pen.

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    Your message (Tweet, love note, or message to ET) laser etched onto gold plated spacecraft panel that will be exposed to space (up to 140 characters including spaces). Includes mission patch and pen.

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    Set of 5 unique flight Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). These bare PCBs will be printed in a large batch for our research purposes. The actual flight PCBs will be selected from this larger batch, and now you can own the same PCB engineering unit for display purposes or as drink coasters. Includes mission patch and pen.

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    Receive an engineering model of one of our 24kt gold plated spacecraft aluminum body panels (30cm x 10 cm) with your deep space message or name engraved in large font. Includes $100 laser etched spacecraft message. Includes mission patch and pen.

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    3000 characters of text (including spaces) laser engraved onto gold plated spacecraft panel. For the poet in us all!

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    Three hour tour of the University of Michigan's Plasma Dynamics and Electric Propulsion Lab (PEPL), CubeSat facilities, and Mission Control. Led by a UofM professor. Limited to 10 visitors per event.

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    Engineering model of spacecraft and thruster on high quality stand for museum quality display.

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    Your name (30 characters with spaces) laser engraved onto the spacecraft propellant tank in a font size that is equivalent to size 14 Times New Roman. The prop tank will also be directly exposed to space once the solar panels flip open into place. Your name or text will be visible in our PR photos prior to launch. Limited number. Purchase with Reward #10 and we will send you the engineering model with your name engraved onto it. Cast your name into deep space in style!

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