Tag: Firsts!

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.

First In-FEEP Thruster Demonstration On-Orbit

In Jan 2018, Planet launched a technology demonstration of a 1U indium FEEP thruster module designed and built by Enpulsion. The thruster was integrated into a modified Planet 3U "Dove" satellite and launched on a PSLV.

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.