Aliena are excited to announce that they are just a few days away from launching their engines to space.
On 13th January 2022, their engines will be brought to space on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 through the Transporter-3 mission as it launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It is slated to launch at 10:45pm Singapore Time (14th January at 12:15am Darwin Time).
In this launch, Aliena would be making history and breaking records! Their ultra-low power systems will operate at 2 orders of magnitude lower than what conventional Hall thrusters were designed for, and feature the capability to fire on demand without keeping the systems in “hot-standby modes” or to be subjected to warm-up cycles. This is truly ground-breaking and we are excited to see this fly! Additionally, Aliena are making history by demonstrating their systems on the smallest satellite to host a Hall thruster in orbit. For context – the satellite is 3U (where each “U” is a 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm “box”) – essentially, shoebox-sized.
This will pave the way for emerging small satellite operations to now be possible from reduced power requirements for operation, and enhanced volume utilization to maximize payload capacity on smaller satellites. Read more here.
Countdown with us and watch the livestream of the launch with the link from Aliena! Truly a momentous occasion as they make history, break records, and enable new operations in space in the days ahead!
Check-in for updates regarding the schedule of the launch here.