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MAPS™ Propulsion System | CubeSat | MicroSat |.

Modular Architecture Propulsion System | (MAPS™)

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Providing station keeping, constellation management and deorbiting to the small satellite market, MAPS is a highly configurable, compact satellite propulsion system, 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 satellite propulsion system can be used for orbital maneuvers 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.

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?

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

Delta V Simplified

Liquid Propellant Assembly Overview

MAPS Satellite Propulsion System Assembly Overview

Propellant Concept of Operations

The MAPS system is a clean burning solid propellant-based array of rocket motors and thrusters. Our small satellite propulsion systems require no large propellant tank or associated hardware nor a high electric current draw. Configurations for any cubesat propulsion module are available. Configurable for 3u cubesats, 6u cubesats and larger satellites.

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
MAPS 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.



(many options available)

MAPS Satellite Propulsion System



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