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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
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Busek BHT-200 Hall Effect Thruster
mounted on the USAF Academy
Launch, 20 Nov 2010, Kodiak Island
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