AURORASAT-1

PAYLOADS FROM IDEA TO INTEGRATION IN 6 MONTHS

This fast pace was achieved by collaborating with SatRevolution and Momentus Space which ensured the most efficient use of our internal resources. It also gave us an opportunity to benchmark our vast network of New Space connections.

AuroraSat-1, a 1.5U CubeSat, launches to Low Earth Orbit in January 2021 onboard Momentus Space’s orbital transfer platform on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite’s primary payloads are ARM-A and APB modules. We’re proud that these modules are true to our original goal of providing reliable, volume and weight efficient propulsion and deorbiting capabilities.

ARM-A

Aurora Resistojet Module is a product line that gives a spacecraft propulsion-based mobility control. AuroraSat-1 includes a small version of our attitude control variant of Aurora Resistojet Module. This module consists of 6 resistojet thrusters giving the CubeSat speedy detumbling capabilities and full propulsion-based attitude control. The propellant is a water-based mixture with a freezing point of well below negative 10 degrees centigrade.

APB

Aurora Plasma Brake is a revolutionary deorbiting device. Plasma brake does not use any propellant, instead it utilises the interaction of ionospheric plasma and a charged microtether to generate Coulomb drag. This is similar to atmospheric drag-based devices, but unlike them, microtether is safe to other spacecraft and the Coulomb drag is orders of magnitude stronger than atmospheric drag. This difference in deaccelerating forces is even larger as the orbital altitude increases. AuroraSat-1 includes a twin Aurora Plasma Brake module, which has for testing purposes two independent deployable spools of microtether in addition to all the control electronics. We are confident that this technology will be a gamechanger in the deorbiting area especially on orbits where aero drag deorbiting is infeasible.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ARM AND APB SOLUTIONS

PRODUCTS

IMPORTANT SKILLS FOR OUR EVER-GROWING TEAM

Our strong team has experience from Aalto-1, Aalto-3 and Foresail-1 satellites. With AuroraSat-1 we want to expand these crucial skills and knowledge to the rest of our team. This ensures that Aurora Propulsion Technologies has strong understanding of our future customers’ journey to New Space and provides us impactful capabilities to pre-emptively solve our customers’ arising problems.

FUTURE FOR AURORAS’ SPACE MISSIONS

Of course, our primary goal is to ensure the success of the AuroraSat-1 mission and to collect important in-orbit measurements to confirm our gathered measurements in laboratory environments and software simulations. However, the future does seem promising with the North Star Mission concept and there may perhaps be an AuroraSat-2 in the pipeline too. To keep up with our latest endeavours, follow us on social media!