Rafael is currently performing several Hall thruster performance tests at ASRI, in the Electric Propulsion lab. The tested subject is the Qualification Model (QM) of the thrusters currently in operation onboard the Venus satellite.
30 Chinese Chairs/CEOs of substantial businesses ranging from automotive, construction, chemicals, food, hospitality, medical products, financial services etc. visited ASRI. The visitors are part of “Global Frontiers in Science and Technology” which consists of 7 weeks at Oxford, S Valley, Boston, Israel etc.
Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geo-locating Nano-satellites (SAMSON) is a project led by the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. The project includes three 6U CubeSats flying as a coordinated cluster. The Technion, together with RAFAEL, designed, tested and manufactured the SAMSON cold gas propulsion system. The propulsion system will be used to provide the required thrust for the formation keeping maneuvers. The system was initially selected out of four different configurations by Technion undergraduate students.
Professors Ehud Behar and Shlomit Tarem from the Asher Space Research Institute, will take part in a NASA Mission-of-Opportunity concept study to investigate astrophysical explosions. Their research, part of an American-Israeli mission led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, was one of six concept studies selected out of dozens submitted.
The Japanese State Minister for Space Policy, Mr. Tsuruho, visited ASRI with a delegation of 17 people. ASRI's recent research achievements were presented to the distinguished guest.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday, March 27, involving the Technion, the Slovak Space Office, and the Slovak Technical University, in the presence of the Israeli Space Agency. The signing ceremony took place as part of the visit of the Slovak President, Mr. Kiska, to the Technion. The MoU reflects the interest of the parties to collaborate on nanosatellite technologies research and development.
A Delegation from Mahanakorn University of Technology in Thailand, including President Professor Sujate Jantarang, visited ASRI's labs.
Engineers at ASRI have developed an innovative reaction wheel, which is considerably cheaper than existing commercial reaction wheels. The new reaction wheel has successfully passed environmental experiments, which include vacuum, thermal, and vibration tests.