Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it had successfully completed the first round of hotfire testing of an additively manufactured (3D-printed) Reaction Control System Thruster at its Lakeside Test Facility. The cryogenic oxygen and liquid natural gas thruster testing culminated in a smooth 12-second burn demonstrating thermal steady state operation.
“Congratulations to our engineering team for achieving an important ‘first’ in space technology,” said Dave Streich, CEO of Parabilis. “This was a huge step toward demonstrating that a 3D-printed LOX-methane thruster can be used in space. This innovative technology, when commercialized, will dramatically change the relationship between cost and performance.”