SPCS-2 PAYLOAD, FALCONSAT-6 (EXPECTED LAUNCH MID-2015)
The Space Plasma Characterization Source, Mark II (SPCS-2) is currently under development at Busek Co. Inc. This
payload is a reflight of the modified COTS Hall effect thruster (HET) payload flown on FalconSat-5. Since FalconSat-5
was unable to complete the experiment objectives due to electrical power system anomalies, FalconSat-6 will address
many of the same SPCS objectives.
This integrated unit consists of a 200-800W Hall Effect Thruster, high speed plasma probe, propellant management
system, power processing unit (PPU), instrument electronics and digital control interface unit (DCIU).
FalconSat-6 External Layout
(image courtsey, AFRL)
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