SATELLITE PROPULSION SYSTEM

TRL-9 QUALIFIED!

Providing station keeping, constellation management, decommissioning  and deorbiting to the small satellite market, Our MAPS™ solid propulsion system is highly configurable, compact and  complete with high-performance capabilities. MAPS has been demonstrated and proven on a 3u CubeSat and is compatible with many satellites, such as a 6u CubeSat and larger.

MAPS is an array of high performance, hermetically-sealed, solid propellant rocket motors, all of which extend the orbital life of CubeSats and SmallSats while providing propulsion capability for small upper stages.  Our MAPS solid propulsion system can be used for orbital maneuvers, decommission and deorbit with very precise and predictable delivered impulse. The module has no tanks, valves, tubing or heaters, making it a “plug and play” bolt-on design. MAPS is instant on with a 10+ year life, uses very low power, has three independent inhibits against firing, and provides variable thrust by firing in pairs, triples, quads, etc. MAPS is adaptable and scalable and fits in unused separation system or other spacecraft real-estate.

Looking for a satellite propulsion system?

We want to learn more about your program needs and how we can help support your mission.

Our MAPS CubeSat thrusters are customized for CubeSat propulsion systems configurations at least 3u CubeSat or larger. Interested in our Powered Modular Architecture Propulsion System (P-MAPS™)? P-MAPS provides a fully powered module to assist with decommission and/or deorbit of a satellite, enabling compliance with the 25-year lifetime restrictions in orbit. Did you know, we made it into NASA’s iTech TOP 10 Semifinalists for Cycle 2 innovations?

  • HYDRAZINE OR LESS TOXIC LIQUID

    PACSCI EMC MAPS™ SOLID PROPULSION

  • No warm up time
    System is operational anytime in 300 Milliseconds


    Always very precise, predictable, repeatable
    Distributed impulse bits (delta-V increments) reduces angular rate build up over fixed nozzle systems and improves delta-V predictability


    High Isp performance
    Duty cycle independent: from pulse mode to steady state, delivered mission Isp is constant


    Hermetically sealed motors
    Ready to fire immediately at satellite deployment or 10+ years later for deorbit/decommissioning


    Safe, very clean burning propellant
    Will not contaminate optics or solar panels


    System architecture
    Results in very high reliability


    Very low power
    No heaters or valves


    “Bolt-on/plug and play” system
    Leaves plenty of extra payload volume


    Plug and play size and shape
    Customizable to fit the mission

  • Greatly reduces satellite factory cost
    No integration of tanks, valves, fittings, or thrusters during satellite assembly


    No fueling operations
    Saves at least one week during launch vehicle integration with no propellant waste/disposal


    Built-in-test (BIT) available
    Anytime during mission operations from integration, launch, deployment and while on-orbit


    Well known. Flight proven.
    Solid propellant technology with three independent inhibit firing system, simplifies transportation and range safety approvals


    Mission flexibility
    Fire motors in pairs, triplets, quads, etc. for variable mission acceleration and delta-V flexibility

When it comes to choosing a satellite propulsion system and SW(M)AP
our system excels on all levels

  • Space: Fits into unused lightband volume
  • Weight (mass): Better than liquids – no valves, fittings, filters, large thrusters
  • Power: VERY low power: no heaters, solenoid valves, etc.

POSSIBLE MAPS CONFIGURATIONS

(many options available)