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    First NanoFEEP thruster ignition

    26.02.2019

    On February 26th, at 09:59:00 UTC, one of the UWE-4 NanoFEEP thrusters was successfully ignited.

    UWE-4

    On February 26th, at 09:59:00 UTC, one of the UWE-4 NanoFEEP thrusters, developed by TU Dresden and Morpheus Space, was successfully ignited. This is the first time an electric propulsion system has been activated on board of a 1U CubeSat in space.

    A voltage of more than 5kV has been produced by the power processing unit causing a thruster emitter current of 40µA. For this very first firing a duration of 30s was intended.

    Primary mission: accomplished!

    Within the next days experiments with the propulsion system for a characterization of the thrusters will be conducted.

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