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Momentus X1 (El Camino Real)

Momentus X1 (El Camino Real) [Astro Digital]

Momentus X1 or 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 rocket.

Nation: USA
Type, Application: Technology
Operator: Momentus
Contractors: Astro Digital
Equipment: Momentus Vigoride thruster
Configuration: CubeSat (16U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Momentus X1 (El Camino Real) 2019-038Y 05.07.2019 Vo LC-1S Soyuz-2-1b Fregat 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