Chandler-based PacSci EMC has successfully completed propulsion technology tests with its on-orbit technology demonstrator satellite, PACSCISAT.
After completing one month of continuing on-orbit operations in a 515 km, sun-synchronous, polar orbit, PacSci EMC successfully passed built-in-tests on both its primary and redundant Smart Energetics Architecture (SEA™) sequencing system and devices and fired Modular Architecture Propulsion System (MAPS™) rocket motors. MAPS precision impulse rocket motors changed PACSCISAT’s orbital velocity and altitude exactly as predicted by orbital models.
“Our goal with this mission was to answer the question ‘Has MAPS flown in space before?’ and now the answer is ‘Yes,’” said Greg Scaven, PacSci EMC’s president. “We believe our MAPS technology will be a game changer for the NewSpace market providing very precise and predictable orbital maneuvering capability for CubeSats, SmallSats and small upper stage systems.”
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