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Morpheus Spaces modular, scalable satellite propulsion could be a game-changer for orbital industry

Building effective propulsion systems for satellites has traditionally been a highly bespoke affair, with expensive, one-off systems tailor-made to big, expensive spacecraft hardware. But increasingly, companies including startups are looking at ways to provide propulsion tech that can scale with the projected boom in demand for orbital satellites, including cube sats and small sats, as the commercialization of space and advances in sensor, communication and launch technology broaden the scope of those working in this bold new frontier.
Morpheus Space, which began life as a research project at the University of Western Germany, has accomplished a lot when it comes to propulsion in the short time since its official founding around a year and a half ago. The Dresden-based startup already has sent some of its thrusters to space where theyre actually providing propulsion, and its working with a number of clients and potential clients including NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The startup also just wrapped up its participation in Techstars inaugural Starburst Space Program in LA.
Our motivation behind starting Morpheus Sapce was the lack of maneuverability of, especially small satellites in space, explained Morpheus CEO and co-founder Daniel Bock, who I spoke to at last weeks International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. We have around 2,000active satellites in space, and in the next few years this will increase by 10x. We have to deal with that. So the first step in how we want to solve that is with our proportion systems, to give mobility to small satellites.
The startup has seen a ton of inbound interest, and has even had conversations with the CTO of NASA and the CEO of Aerospace Corporation based on the strength of its technology. But whats so special about what theyre doing, vs. what has already been available for satellite propulsion? Put simply, its the worlds smallest and most efficient propulsion system, according to Morpheus Space co-founder Istvan Lorincz.
Morpheus Spaces modular, scalable satellite propulsion could be a game-changer for orbital industry
A single Morpheus NanoFEEP thruster propulsion system.
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