DIUx Meets Silicon Valley
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm, Hogan Lovells, Menlo Park
DoD opened its Defense Innovation Unit - Experimental (DIUx) in Silicon Valley this year. DIUx is a hub for increased communication and collaboration between DoD and tech companies and leaders in the valley. Their scope spans microsatellites, robotics, biotech, big data, and more.
The SSPI Silicon Valley Chapter is arranging a special night that highlights DIUx activities as well as initiatives being launched by members of the satellite community in Silicon Valley. Additionally, it will highlight the chapter's Scholarship Program to assist deserving students with meeting the high costs of undergraduate and post-graduate study in satellite-related disciplines. The evening promises to include several fun ways for you to show your support. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding this worthy scholarship program.
If you are an SSPI member and want to request an invitation to the event, go the EventBrite link below to give us your contact info.
[ Launch into 2016 on EventBrite ] [ DIUx Silicon Valley ]
The CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster
Monday, December 14, 2015, 6:30-9:00pm, Hacker Dojo, Mountain View
Current CubeSat propulsion is less advanced than other nanosatellite technologies because of the difficulties in miniaturizing conventional thruster designs. Chemical propulsion requires far more propellant mass than can be stored in such a small craft while conventional electric propulsion devices such as Hall thrusters and ion engines lose effectiveness when scaled down. This technological gap requires a new sort of electric propulsion device designed to be small, low mass, and low power. Phase Four’s CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT) is designed specifically to fulfill these requirements.
CAT is an entirely different sort of plasma propulsion device. It uses magnetic fields to shape and direct the plasma, a compact and scalable design. Crucially, no metal parts are exposed to the plasma, eliminating components which are Hall thrusters’ and ion engines’ main failure points. A lack of electrodes also allows for a huge range of propellants to be used with CAT, especially next generation propellants such as iodine and water.
[ CAT on EventBrite ] [ Phase Four ]