Canadian Space Agency Awards Propulsion System Development Contract to SFL
SFL will be developing propulsion systems for micro and small satellites to support stationkeeping and deorbiting of these miniature satellites in the future. The work will leverage past development at SFL that led to the successful cold-gas system, NANOPS, currently flying on CanX-2, and CNAPS, the cold-gas propulsion system that will be used on CanX-4 and CanX-5 to demonstrate precise, autonomous formation flying. Past development in cold gas propulsion technology will be expanded to include a monopropellant-based system and an electric propulsion system that are expected to have higher specific impulse, and hence be more fuel efficient than a cold-gas system. The project will incorporate requirement inputs from COM DEV Limited, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc., and Magellan Aerospace-Winnipeg for future micro- and small satellite missions.