El Camino Real
El Camino Real
El Camino Real
Satellite name El Camino Real (Momentus X1, MX-1, Momentus Flight Experiment 1)
Spacecraft 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
Organization Momentus
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Headquarters US
Manufacturer AIVT by Astro Digital
Launch brokerer Exolaunch

Demonstration of water based microwave electrothermal propulsion.


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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  • PLATFORM - Astro Digital
Keywords Propulsion

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