Engineers at the European Space Agency have developed a highly efficient, miniature thruster, the Iridium Catalysed Electrolysis CubeSat Thruster (ICE-Cube Thruster), measuring just 1 mm in length. This compact design is intended for CubeSats, enabling maneuverability without the need for large gas propellant storage. The thruster operates by electrolyzing water into hydrogen and oxygen, expelling them into space to generate thrust. In tests, it achieved 1.25 millinewtons of sustained thrust, suitable for CubeSat missions. The thruster’s simplicity and lack of pressurization requirements make it well-suited for the growing small satellite market, utilizing solar arrays for power. Currently, it has undergone laboratory testing and shows promise for CubeSat propulsion.
What is the Electrolab? The Electrolab is a low-cost, open-source robot that can perform complex electrochemical experiments autonomously. It was developed by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. How does the Electrolab work? The Electrolab has two main components: hardware and software. The hardware consists […]
Nanofabrication is the process of creating tiny, intricate structures with mind-boggling precision. This allows us to create devices and materials with unique properties that were once impossible. Nanofabrication has the potential to revolutionize many industries, including medicine, electronics, and energy. For example, nanofabricated sensors can be used to detect disease at an early stage, nanoscale […]
India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission, which delivered its Vikram lander and Pragyan rover to the lunar surface, faces uncertainty as the rover enters sleep mode due to the onset of the lunar night. Unlike NASA’s long-lasting Mars rovers, Pragyan relies on solar power and may struggle with the harsh lunar cold. However, there’s a chance it could […]