NASA Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne Contract for CubeSat Propulsion System

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It follows a note published on the day (04/08) in the website “Parabolic Arc” highlighting that NASA hired the company “Aerojet Rocketdyne” to develop a Propulsion System for Cubsats.

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NASA Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne Contract
for CubeSat Propulsion System

By Douglas Messier
April 8, 2014, at 3:02 pm

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 8, 2014 (Aerojet Rockedyne PR) — Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, has been awarded a contract from the Flight Opportunities Program Office at Armstrong Flight Test Center to develop propulsion technology for miniature satellites that could possibly lower cost and accelerate mission schedules.

Under the first phase of the contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop and perform hot-fire tests on its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. If selected for a flight demonstration in a second phase, the MPS-120 would be the first chemical propulsion system ever used on a CubeSat.

“This is a significant milestone for us and represents a payoff for years of hard work in internal research and development,” said Christian Carpenter, program manager for Space Advanced Programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne. “We’re honored that NASA has selected us to innovate a product that would give CubeSats substantial propulsion capabilities in space.”

The MPS-120 is advanced propulsion technology that shrinks a propellant tank, isolation system and four rocket engines into a 1,000-cubic centimeter box. The MPS-120 would be one of several same-sized units with different functions and purposes that, when stacked together, form a modular satellite known as a CubeSat.

CubeSats are able to perform valuable technology demonstrations because of their low-unit prices and frequent launch opportunities. To date, CubeSats have not included sufficient propulsion to access many of the missions of interest to NASA. Development of CubeSat propulsion technology would enable NASA to perform new missions at substantially lower costs and faster schedules than previously possible. For more information, visit: http://www.rocket.com/cubesat.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. GenCorp is a diversified company that provides innovative solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense, and real estate markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the companies’ websites at www.Rocket.com and www.GenCorp.com.


Source: Website Parabolic Arc - http://www.parabolicarc.com/

Comentário: Bom leitor, trago aqui esta noticia por acreditar que a mesma seja do interesse dos profissionais brasileiros que trabalham na área de cubesats. A plataforma cubesat tem provado ser muito interessante para diversas funções e deve seguir uma tendência mundial que a levará no futuro ser explorada em missões lunares, planetárias e astronômicas de espaço profundo, sendo a tecnologia de propulsão de fundamental importância para atingir estes objetivos. No Brasil, por exemplo, apesar de termos uma agência espacial de fantasia, iniciativas como a da Sonda Lunar da USP/AIRVANTIS é uma das missões que dependerão do uso de um sistema de propulsão como este, e no momento em que equipes de algumas universidades brasileiras estão envolvidas em projetos de cubsats, creio que já esteja na hora de alguém começar a pensar no desenvolvimento de um sistema propulsivo desse tipo no país, como também no desenvolvimento dos chamados P-Pods, para que assim o mesmo possa ser utilizado em missões do VLS-1 e principalmente do VLM-1.

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