El Camino Real [AstroDigital]
El Camino Real is a 16U CubeSat built as a demonstrator for Momentus' water based propulsion system.
The mission is a technology demonstration of Momentus' Vigoride water based microwave electrothermal propulsion for orbit transfer vehicles and satellites. The purpose of El Camino Real will be to flight demonstrate the core propulsion technology. The company flies their high performance X-Band (10 GHz) microwave electrothermal thruster with enough water propellant to be able to run the thruster long enough to fully characterize its performance in space with dozens of stop start cycles and then safely de-orbit the vehicle.
Launch took place in July 2019 on a Russian Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M rocket.
|Equipment:||Momentus Vigoride thruster|
|Power:||Solar cells batteries|
|El Camino Real (Momentus X1)||2019-038Y||05.07.2019||Vo LC-1S||Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M||with Meteor-M 2-2, ICEYE X4, ICEYE X5, CarboNIX, DoT 1, Lemur-2 100, ..., 107, NSLSat 1, SEAM 2.0, SONATE, JAISAT 1, EXOCONNECT, LightSat, UTE-Ecuador, Lucky-7, MOVE 2b, MTCube, TTÜ101, BeeSat 9, BeeSat 10, 11, 12, 13, AmGU 1, Sokrat, VDNH-80|