Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. announced a partnership with the University of Southern California’s Space Engineering Research Center (USC/SERC) of Los Angeles CA to develop a CubeSat-scale maneuvering and orbital transfer stage for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Parabilis will leverage its years of experience with nitrous oxide/HTPB hybrid motor technologies to package a high-impulse propulsion system into a 3U CubeSat volume. USC will bring years of successful CubeSat spacecraft experience and provide a modified 3U Colony I Nanobus vehicle to the program.
Parabilis expects this technology to provide truly affordable impulsive maneuvering on very small satellite architectures, enabling CubeSats to perform orbital and deep space missions that are generally not considered today. Said Greg Berg, Chief Satellite Engineer at Parabilis: “This solution will provide lower-cost performance compared to existing commercial monopropellant systems, will use just a fraction of the spacecraft power required for electric propulsion systems, and will be much safer for ridesharing compared to systems that use toxic and/or explosive propellants.”
Parabilis CEO Dave Streich stated, “Parabilis is excited about partnering with USC, and all the possibilities this propulsion system will provide to the world’s CubeSat community.”
Parabilis Space Technologies designs, develops, tests, and flies affordable propulsion, launch vehicle, and spacecraft solutions. Parabilis was founded in 2014, and is located in San Marcos, CA.