Conference: SmallSat Symposium 2020, San Francisco – 4-6/2/20
Aurora was present at the 5th annual SmallSat Symposium. Visiting the US was great as new opportunities arise and the fastest deal in Aurora’s history was made there.
Aurora signed a contract with Momentus Space at SmallSat Symposium in San Francisco regarding a future demonstration flight mission. SpaceNews article written by Debra Werner available at SpaceNews.com
Conference: Finnish Satellite Workshop, Espoo – 20-22/1/20
Aurora was represented at the stage alongside our booth.
- North Star mission concept – Perttu Yli-Opas
- CubeSat deorbiting calculations by Coulomb drag and air drag – Pyry Peitso
- Aurora Resistojet One (ARO) Plume Analysis – Swati Chandran
- Deployable Nose Cone for CubeSats and Extend Mission Lifetime in Low Earth Orbit – Ilkka Heikinniemi
- Deployment mechanism for plasma brake microtether – Joel Tolonen
Conference: EU Space Week, Helsinki – 3-5/12/19
The European Space Week is the leading event for European space programmes. With businesses, policy-makers, international experts and members of space community attending, keeping networking interesting. Keynotes, panel discussions and networking possibilities kept the event action packed from the start till the end.
Conference: Slush, Helsinki - 21-22/11/19
Aurora was present at Aurora Propulsion Technologies startup booth, shown in picture, (21.11.) & ESA (European Space Agency) booth (22.11.)
Aurora was present also outside of Slush as our CEO, Roope Takala, pitched in Slush 100 Pitching competition in Kamppi, Helsinki as well as attended the Knights of Slush, an event for investors and startups.
Media also showed interest in Aurora, as Finland’s largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat posted a column in their economics section written by Esa Mäkinen about Slush giving praise to us. Link to the article is down below.
Conference: Space Tech Expo, Bremen - 19-21/11/19
Aurora Propulsion Technologies was present at stand: 5029.
We had Aurora Resistojet One with us at the booth giving attendees a chance to experience first hand how efficiently we’ve managed to utilize such a minimal space for a thruster assembly.
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.
Conference: Innovation Leaders Summit, Tokyo – 28-30/10/19
ILS 2019 was a conference with over 10 000 attendees, including 582 startups and 115 major corporations. Aurora representatives’ schedules were filled with Power Match meetings with companies working in Japans space sector.