Bengaluru-Based Bellatrix Aerospace Tests Green Satellite Propulsion

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An eco-friendly green satellite propulsion system for satellites was tested by the Bengaluru-based Bellatrix Aerospace which results in fuel efficiency.

The new propulsion system for satellites cuts a new path from the hydrazine-dependent fuel systems and offers a potential 20% jump in fuel efficiency for space satellites.

A toxic compound Hydrazine-based Satellite thruster has a severe environmental impact which triggers the space researchers to scout for eco-friendlier alternatives. With this success, the Bengaluru-based start-up would soon move it towards commercialization and look at making it into a product by the next year.

The testing of the green propulsion system also marks the start-up’s journey in building a space taxi system for satellites. The green propellant has significantly reduced toxicity compared to hydrazine, making it safer to store and handle when compared with other toxic rocket fuels. Green propulsion research is critical since the world is rapidly moving toward green chemistry and keeping up with the latest advances is critical for our country.

The advanced green propellant is recommended for the ISRO’s human flight mission as it has numerous advantages like shorter processing times and reduction in the number of handling requirements, etc. The Union cabinet approved two unmanned missions and one crewed mission as part of the Rs 9,023-crores Gaganyaan project.

Bengaluru-based Bellatrix Aerospace is an Indian private aerospace manufacturing and small satellite firm that was founded in 2015. The aerospace company is working to launch its own rocket - ‘Chetak’ - in 2023.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • An eco-friendly propulsion system for satellites was tested by the Bellatrix Aerospace which results in fuel efficiency of the satellites.
  • The new propulsion system for satellites cuts a new path from the hydrazine-dependent fuel systems and offers a potential 20% jump in fuel efficiency for space satellites.
  • The testing of the green propulsion system also marks the start-up’s journey in building a space taxi system for satellites.
  • The green propellant has significantly reduced toxicity compared to hydrazine, making it safer to store and handle when compared with other toxic rocket fuels.
  • The advanced green propellant is recommended for the ISRO’s human flight mission i.e. Gaganyaan project, as it has numerous advantages like shorter processing times and reduction in the number of handling requirements, etc.

   Facts to know:

  • Bellatrix Aerospace was established in 2015.
  • Headquarters of Bellatrix Aerospace: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • This private firm plans to launch its own rocket named ‘Chetak’ in 2023.
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