Hampshire technology used in space
Monday March 18th, 2019
Farnborough-based defence technology developer QinetiQ have supplied an electric propulsion system that will be used by the satellites destined to explore Mercury’s magnetosphere.
The QinetiQ T6 ion thrusters will be used to power the Japanese Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter as it navigates the solar system before analysing the solar winds as they flow through Mercury’s magnetosphere.
Designed to work in for long periods in hostile environments the thrusters are powered by solar energy to increase speed with minimal fuel consumption.