Category: Chemical Propulsion

Simple Blowdown System Performance Estimate

Here we'll briefly walk through a simple performance estimate for a blowdown propulsion system. This is useful for assessing the orbital maneuver capability of a proposed design and determining the end-of-life (EOL) pressure.

Propellant Loading Campaigns on Three Continents

While at Skybox one of my responsibilities was overseeing the propellant loading campaigns for the SkySats, which involved traveling to three different launch facilities on three different continents. A bit over 4 years ago we wrapped up the first commercial LMP-103S loading campaign in Sriharikota, India in preparation for the SkySat-3 launch on PSLV in June 2016. Three months later we're in the jungle of Kourou, French Guiana and then a year after that in Lompoc, USA.

ADN-Based LMP-103S Green Propellant Implementation on SkySat

SkySat-3, launched in June 2016 on PSLV, was the first commercial spacecraft to load and fly ECAPS' ADN based green monopropellant known as LMP-103S. Previously the technology had flown on the Swedish Space Corporations PRISMA mission, which launched in June 2010.