Thermasat is a propulsion system for Cubesats that uses water as a propellant. The propellant is heated to high temperature steam through optical manipulation of incident sunlight. The optical system uses nano-structures known as photonic crystals to limit infrared emission. The propulsion system provides deployment, station keeping, and end of life de-orbit. Can provide propulsion for a 15kg Cubesat for a 10 year lifetime.
Recent changes in design now allow for more photovoltaic augmentation and a compact 2U form factor. This new design still provides all the propulsion needs for satellites up to 10 kg.
We are excited to announce that the Thermasat propulsion system has been selected for a National Science Foundation Phase I SBIR award! Keep an eye on the News section for updates!
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