This week, our team tested our first product, MIN-0!
Since raising our seed round, we've been busy designing and building our first prototype of a gum pack-sized product called MIN-0.
MIN-0 was designed in collaboration with an industry partner and includes the thruster head, power electronics, and propellant tanks and supply system. MIN-0 produces enough thrust to detumble a CubeSat launched from the International Space Station, or to compensate for atmospheric drag in Low Earth Orbit.
During tests, MIN-0 provided an impressive 30 uN of thrust (as inferred from current measurements). Tests were performed in vacuum to simulate operation in space.
With this successful design, build, and test under our belt, we're kicking off development of our next products, which will add more thrust, higher efficiency, and increased lifetime to enable missions like orbit raising and interplanetary transfers for satellites up to 150 kg.
Even I got to help with testing!