Propulsion Pathfinder

Propulsion Pathfinder

The Propulsion Pathfinder Project objective is to perform a series of Earth orbit flight missions with Cubesat-scale spacecraft to demonstrate the operation of, and characterize the performance of, a variety of propulsion technologies suitable for small spacecraft mission applications including precise pointing, proximity operations, targeted deorbit, and small and large orbital maneuvers.  The propulsion technologies to be demonstrated include but are not limited to at least one version of miniaturized electrospray propulsion.

Metis systems engineering support for Propulsion Pathfinder includes: survey of existing assets and re-use as applicable; planning for software/script reuse for ground and space operations; planning for develop and test of ground systems; assistance in creating MOS/GDS; analysis of orbit options.