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Ignis

Ignis [Astro Digital]

Ignis is a technology demonstration satellite by Astro Digital to demonstrate a new propulsion system on a 6U CubeSat.

Ignis includes the Apollo Constellation Engine (ACE), a Hall Thruster which ionizes and expels a high density proprietary propellant. The spacecraft bus is the Corvus-6 design with a 6U CubeSat form factor. The common satellite bus uses reaction wheels, magnetic torque coils, star trackers, magnetometers, sun sensors, and gyroscopes to enable precision 3-axis pointing without the use of propellant.

The spacecraft will be launched aboard a LauncherOne rocket built by Virgin Orbit from Guam into a medium inclination low Earth orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Astro Digital
Contractors: Astro Digital
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: ACE Hall effect thruster
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: < 3 years
Mass: 12 kg
Orbit: 500 km & times; 500 km, 45 (planned)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ignis - 2019 Gu LauncherOne with ?