Aerojet Rocketdyne to mature development of Nasa’s MPS-130 CubeSat modular propulsion system

12 August 2016

Aerojet Rocketdyne has unimperiled a contract from Nasa to mature the development of a MPS-130 CubeSat momentum system using the AF-M315E green propellant.

According to the deal, Aerojet Rocketdyne intention develop a fully integrated MPS-130 green modular drive system for flight demonstration, as well as perform development and validation analysis.

Designed to increase CubeSat manoeuvrability, the new technology aims to provide a modular driving system that mainly features 3D printed components.

“This new extraction of CubeSat propulsion systems can be used in future Nasa, military and commercial legations.”

The MPS-130 green propulsion system will also make a safer, more efficient, higher-performance alternative than the traditional hydrazine propellant.

To be resulted under Nasa s ce technology mission directorate’s ‘Utilising Public-Private rtnerships to Progress Tipping Point Technologies’ solicitation, the technology will help escalation mission life, architecture resiliency, manoeuvring to higher and lower turns, as well as conduct complex proximity operations and formation flying.

Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president Eileen Drake articulate: “This new class of CubeSat propulsion systems can be used in future Nasa, military and commercial functions, and the benefits for the public and private sectors will be immense.

“Not only force it allow operators to increase the in-s ce ca bility of CubeSats and SmallSats, but it ordain allow them to operate more affordably and efficiently, and with a safer propellant.”

By depleting 3D printing technology, Aerojet aims to cut the number of rts and amount of beforehand required to manufacture and assemble the modular propulsion system.

With the reduce, Nasa intends to allow private industry to develop and qualify technologies for commercial wait industry.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has recently been selected to work with Sierra Nevada (SNC) to comport an architectural design study for a habitation system to allow Nasa astronauts to thwart for long durations beyond low-Earth orbit missions.

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