The One Man Space Propulsion Company
I am very excited to have participated in this newly released deep-dive 5-part interview with JS Sweeney and the amazing BlackShip.One team! I had a fantastic time answering some incredibly multi-faceted questions on EP and my work through AIS developing open-source low-cost systems.
The extensive interview dives into many technical aspects of electric propulsion systems and their applications to nanosats and picosats, as well as my own work through Applied Ion Systems, leading a radically new development of open-source, low cost plasma and ion thrusters for Cubesats and PocketQubes, including my approach and challenges in developing such traditionally expensive and capital intensive technologies on an almost non-existent budget at home.
Part 2 of this deep-dive interview, explores not only some of the major challenges with miniaturization in the field of electric propulsion for nanosats and picosats as a whole, but some of the personal challenges I face myself with AIS as a crowd funded and bootstrapped one-man propulsion company run out of the basement at home, developing advanced micro plasma and ion thrusters for Cubesats and PocketQubes (some of which are already on their way to space soon!)