U-M researchers turn to crowdfunding for new plasma satellite engine
University of Michigan researchers are turning to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to raise money for a new and innovative engine for small satellites, according to a report in the Ann Arbor Journal.
From Kickstarter page
According to the Kickstarter page, the satellites could be used to gather data on asteroids or look for signs of life on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. Individuals who donate more than $60 will have their name etched on a gold plate that will be sent out on the satellites and those who donate more than $100 can compose a Twitter-length message to send into space.
According to the journal report, the satellites are currently dumped into Earth's orbit by other rockets but do not have the propulsion power to take themselves into deep space. The new engines would utilize liquids heated to plasma state to develop the necessary thrust.
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