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BUSEK PRESS RELEASE FOR FALCONSAT-5 Natick, Massachusetts - August, 2011 Busek Co. Inc., a US developer of electric propulsion for space vehicles, announced the  successful firing of its second Hall Effect Thruster System in space. AFRL and the USAF  Academy integrated Busek's HET system on the FalconSat-5 satellite, which launched aboard  DoD Space Test Program's S26 mission on an Orbital Sciences Minotaur-IV rocket from  Kodiak Island in November 2010.  Operation of Busek's electric thruster system follows upon the success of Busek's previous  200W Hall Effect Thruster which flew on the AFRL TacSat-2 spacecraft, and was the first US  developed Hall thruster in space. These two consecutive and successful demonstrations of Busek's technology further validate  the viability and practicality of electric propulsion for space vehicles. Electric space propulsion  can bring numerous cost and missioncapability enhancements, including the extension of  existing satellite's operational lifetime as well as future missions to remove increasingly  hazardous space-debris from earth's orbit. ABOUT BUSEK CO. INC. Busek Co. Inc. is a privately held advanced space system company located in Natick,  Massachusetts. For over 25 years Busek has provided a wide range of thrusters, electronics,  space systems, research and complete mission and system engineering support for customers  including the major aerospace primes, NASA and the US Air Force.  Busek flight heritage  includes products developed for AFRL TacSat-2, USAFA FalconSat-3, FalconSat-5, and  NASA/ESA Lisa Pathfinder.  In the late nineties, Busek licensed its Hall thruster technology to  Aerojet Corp. that produced the BPT-4000 Hall thruster now flying on the Advanced EHF  satellite. Distribution Statement "A" (Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited) CONTACT: Lawrence Byrne Program Manager larry@busek.com
Busek BHT-200 Hall Effect Thruster mounted on the USAF Academy Satellite FalconSat-5
Launch, 20 Nov 2010, Kodiak Island
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