"I personally think that the best thing (at SLUSH 2019) was the small Finnish space startup Aurora Propulsion Technologies, which develops position control systems for minisatellites. So, that we make something here in Finland that will reach the orbit!"

Aurora Propulsion Technologies delivers its’ first “Aurora Resistojet One”, the world’s first micro-resistojet thruster. – 15/11/19

Aurora Propulsion Technologies completes its first Handover of the “Aurora Resistojet One” engine module to Foresail 1 satellite of the “Foresail” Program.

“I’m very proud of the Aurora team that managed to design build and deliver this first “Aurora Resistojet One” (ARO) Thruster system in just five months” says Aurora’s CTO Perttu Yli-Opas.

Professor Jaan Praks of Aalto University, the person in charge of the satellite integration in the Foresail Program was extremely pleased and thrilled about the first ever Finnish satellite propulsion system, and brought up how uniquely historical that moment was in Finnish space industry.

Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ mission is to ensure clean and debris free space, whilst prolonging the useful lifespan of satellites, reducing the need to renew satellites as often as before. The long-term mission goal is to restart deep space exploration with microsatellitesized probes using revolutionary means of propulsion, an electric sail.

Foresail is the Finnish National scientific space program, supported by the Finnish Academy of Sciences.

Press release – 8/11/19

Aurora Propulsion Technologies is pleased to announce the world’s first micro-resistojet thruster for satellite use. The Single Orbital Thruster is the world smallest commercially available complete in-orbit thruster system. Aurora Propulsion Technologies is making propulsion and active deorbiting accessible for all spacecraft sizing from CubeSats to small satellites. This provides better controllability of satellites, and helps to keep space debris free.

The smallest thruster for any kind of satellite
 
With the propellant tank of environmentally friendly propellant and control electronics module in less than 20mm cubed and the thruster and nozzle module only 4mm in diameter and ten long, the package is small enough to fit the smallest of small and cube satellites. The miniature propulsion system weights under 20g, but is capable of producing a controllable 0.2-2mN thrust. The unit is designed to be optimal for de-tumbling of satellites in space and small orbit corrections, such as evasive maneuvers.

“Our small device will soon be able to reach the orbit of the moon” says Roope Takala, co-founder of Aurora Propulsion Technologies and former head of Nokia space program. “Our goals for the future include further scaling of our operations, in terms of production quantities and development of upcoming products and increasing our sales and customer base. We are a fast growing space tech team, within a year we grew from 7 people to 18 employees. All team members are highly skilled space enthusiasts.”

Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ mission is to ensure clean and debris free space, whilst prolonging the useful lifespan of satellites, reducing the need to renew satellites as often as before. The long-term mission goal is to restart deep space exploration with probes using revolutionary means of propulsion, an electric sail.