FIRST 3-ELECTRODE μPPT IN SPACE, FALCONSAT-3 (LAUNCHED 2007, SUCCESS) The basic micro-pulsed plasma thruster configuration was created and patented by the AFRL in response to the Air  Force’s need for efficient, low-mass propulsive ACS for small spacecraft. The hardware and design were transitioned to Busek for advanced engineering and flight hardware development under  the IHPRPT program, a collaboration of Air Force, NASA and industry.  The resulting three-axis MPACS (Micro-Propulsion Attitude Control System) was built, tested and delivered for launch in 2007. Four of these units have successfully flown on the USAFA FalconSat-3 satellite. The micro-pulsed plasma thruster is a  rugged, precision propulsion technology that has continued development and miniaturization at Busek Co, Inc. CONTACT: Lawrence Byrne Program Manager larry@busek.com
FalconSat-3 spacecraft (photo courtesy Colonel Timothy Lawrence)
Micro Propulsion Attitude Control System (MPACS)
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Launch, 03 Sep 2007 Cape Canaveral
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