Reflecting Back on the First Year of Electric Propulsion at AIS

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Last May, I achieved my first ever ignition pulse from an AIS thruster with the AIS-gPPT1. Although it was only a single pulse, it began my journey down this road, showing that high vacuum testing of advanced EP systems and builds could be done at home on a maker budget. Looking back, I would have never imagined just how far AIS has come in the past year. It has been a crazy year, with many successes, failures, and everything in between. From a humble hobby to a full one-man electric propulsion startup, it has been an incredibly challenging and rewarding journey. With the first generation of thruster builds, the AIS-uPPT1, AIS-gPPT1, AIS-gPPT2-1C, AIS-gPPT3-1C, and AIS-gPPT3-1C Integrated Propulsion Module, comes a new year with the next generation of advanced EP for nanosatellites. Here is to the first generation of propulsion at AIS, and many exciting new developments to come!

AIS – Breaking Boundaries

The First Year of Propulsion at AIS
First Ignition Test - 05-07-2019
AIS-gPPT2-1C Plasma Plume 4
AIS-gPPT3-1C-T Integrated Propulsion Module Ignition Plume - 09-06-2019