Press release 3.12.2020
Aurora Propulsion Technologies announces upcoming launch of AuroraSat-1 Satellite
Espoo, Finland (December 3, 2020) – today Aurora Propulsion Technologies announces, it’s first In-Orbit-Demonstration (IOD) launch. The AuroraSat-1 spacecraft has a planned launch date on the 14th of January 2021. The satellite is scheduled to launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, from Vandenberg AFB in California. After Launch it will be carried to its 550 km high sun synchronous orbit by Momentus’ Vigoride orbit insertion vehicle.
Based in Espoo, Finland, Aurora Propulsion Technologies specializes in creating scalable solutions and services for the small spacecraft movement and lifecycle control. The AuroraSat-1 mission is a CubeSat demonstration mission which will provide proof of concept and flight experience for the company’s attitude and orientation control module. In addition, the satellite will demonstrate and validate Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ Plasma Brake technology for satellite de-orbiting. De-orbiting is necessary for maintaining low orbits clean and safe from the risk of satellite collision with space debris, such as decommissioned satellites.
From its kick-start the AuroraSat-1 development was completed to delivery to the launch provider in just six months. “I am so proud of the Aurora Propulsion Technologies Engineering team, who managed to pull of this incredible feat of a satellite with three payloads in such a record-breaking time. I am also happy that the fast design and build did not compromise the high-quality standards we have for our products. The well though out design of the system enabled us to overcome the schedule constraints and the engineering challenges in the process.” says Roope Takala CEO of Aurora Propulsion Technologies. The satellite was built together with SatRevolution, who built the satellite structures and bus and Aurora focusing on the payloads.
After Launch in January AuroraSat-1 will conduct a rigorous test campaign to qualify the thrusters, and Plasma Brake deployment and longitudinal operations.
AuroraSat-1 mission can be followed on https://aurorapt.fi/aurorasat-1/
High quality images of AuroraSat-1 can be found at https://aurorapt.fi/media/
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Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ mission is to ensure sustainable use of space, whilst prolonging the useful lifespan of satellites. Our technologies enable effective and prompt implementation of satellite position and orientation to ensure successful execution and growth for the owners’ business as well as the safe and reliable deorbiting of satellites at the end of their useful life. The long-term mission goal is deep space exploration with microsatellite-sized probes using a revolutionary means of propulsion, an electric sail.
Visit Aurora Propulsion Technologies at www.aurorapt.fi.