Phase Four unveils Maxwell plasma thruster for smallsats

Phase Four recently introduced Maxwell, the first-turn key plasma propulsion solution for small satellites. Maxwell combines a complete propellant management system and Phase Four's proprietary RF plasma thruster into a compact form factor.

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., - Phase Four recently introduced Maxwell, the first-turn key plasma propulsion solution for small satellites. Maxwell combines a complete propellant management system and Phase Four's proprietary RF plasma thruster into a compact form factor.

Designed with ease of integration and operation in mind, Maxwell expands what's possible for small satellites and next generation spacecraft constellations. It combines simplicity with the performance of complex traditional electric engines. 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."

With a full 1 kilogram tank of xenon, Maxwell weighs in at 8.4 kilograms and takes up a volume of 7.5 x 7.3 x 5.3 inches.

To learn more, please visit phasefour.io/maxwell

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