“When Sequoia data come out, I want to wow people,” said Capella CEO Payam Banazadeh. “I want them to say, ‘I can’t believe that image came from a small satellite.’”
Phase Four, a startup developing electric propulsion systems for small satellites, has won its first major orders for those thrusters from two companies.
As concerns grow about orbital debris and the need for space traffic management, cubesats without propulsion have no means to maneuver to avoid collisions or deorbit at the end of their operational lives.
Phase Four, a company developing an advanced electric propulsion system for use on cubesats and larger spacecraft, announced sales of its thrusters to NASA and Astro Digital May 24.