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Phase Four Introduces Maxwell Propulsion Solution

By Annamarie Nyirady | June 27, 2019

      Rendering of Maxwell in a transparent smallsat. Photo: Phase Four

      Phase Four introduced Maxwell, the first turn key plasma propulsion solution for small satellites. According to the release, Maxwell combines a complete propellant management system and Phase Four’s proprietary Radio Frequency (RF) plasma thruster into a compact form factor.

      Designed with ease of integration and operation in mind, Maxwell aims to expand what’s possible for small satellites and rises to the challenge of next generation spacecraft constellations. It combines simplicity with the powerful performance of complex traditional electric engines. In an industry first, Maxwell eliminates bulky high voltage components and electrodes, simultaneously reducing cost and removing supply chain barriers that have long plagued traditional satellite engines.

      “We believe that customers shouldn’t have to choose between thrust and efficiency when it comes to propulsion. Maxwell provides the best of both worlds, delivering simple plug and play delta-V,” said Beau Jarvis, Phase Four CEO. “Maxwell will enable rapid ROI for low Earth orbit small sat constellations looking for 4-6 year operational lifetimes.”