CAT: Water-Propelled Satellite for Deep Space Exploration


Wed, Dec 4th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Currently seeking your financial support on Kickstarter, assistant professor Benjamin Longmier at the University of Michigan's Aerospace Engineering department, wants to crowdsource the first mission to explore the far reaches of space, using the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT).

Our vision is to enable extremely low-cost access to deep space. We are developing the CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT), a new rocket propulsion system powered by the Sun and propelled by water, which will push small spacecraft like CubeSats around and far beyond the Earth. New propulsion technologies can cost billions of dollars and take a decade to build and launch. CAT will be one of least expensive and most rapidly developed deep-space-capable systems ever built.



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