GreenScale Technologies is developing a chemical micropropulsion system that will provide SmallSats/CubeSats with a high-performance, low-cost option for increasing the value of existing mission architectures, or enabling new mission concepts.
Primary Application Area: Other
Technology Development Status: Prototype
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The key value adds of this propulsion system are the low acquisition cost and high performance when compared with current state-of-the-art. For small satellites, the launch costs are often a significant fraction of the total cost of a mission. A propulsion system can dramatically increase the operational life-time of a satellite (for example, from several months up to several years for a typical small satellite), which increases the value of each satellite launched. Since our propulsion system is inexpensive to purchase, the payoff occurs quickly.
Furthermore, propulsion allows new mission designs (formation flying, re-configurable constellations) that aren't even possible now. Current state-of-the-art would be cost-prohibitive for many organizations, but our low-cost system will be a natural fight for these types of missions.
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 527
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: National Council on Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer "Top 35 University Startups of 2016"
University of Vermont SPARK-VT Awardee
External Funding to Date: VT EPSCoR Phase (0) (x2) -- $15k each
UVM SPARK-VT Award -- $50k