El Camino Real
El Camino Real
El Camino Real
Name El Camino Real (Momentus X1, MX-1, Momentus Flight Experiment 1)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 16U
Status Operational (License extension request in early 2021)
Launched 2019-07-05
NORAD ID 44408
Deployer EXOpod 12U/16U [Exolaunch]
Launcher Sojuz
Organisation Momentus Space
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation US
Manufacturer AIVT by Astro Digital
Launch brokerer Exolaunch
Oneliner

Demonstration of water based microwave electrothermal propulsion.

Description

Flying high performance X-Band (10 GHz) microwave electrothermal thruster with enough water propellant. First 16U CubeSat.
MX-1 will flight demonstrate the Vigor microwave electrothermal thruster (MET) that will be the main engine on our Vigoride in-space rocket. MX-1 eliminates the primary technical risk associated with our Vigoride in-space ride service. This delivery was a critical step in preparation for launch which will be on a Soyuz rocket in March of 2019. We developed MX-1 rapidly but methodically, with each component tested at the unit, system, and assembly level to assure success but with no time lost.

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Keywords Propulsion

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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