[Laconia, NH 10/12/22] –Rogue Space Systems, an in-space services and manufacturing startup located in New Hampshire, along with their research partner, Eastern Michigan University, have received a research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. government’s independent science agency.
The NSF website states that it is “an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 ‘to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes.’ NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.”
“The primary objective of the proposed work is to produce a new, advanced prototype electric propulsion thruster that leverages novel fuel delivery systems. This work will provide scientific knowledge and furtherance of the space applications for nuclear fuel recycling, power generation, and related space technologies. In addition to the propulsion system, the proposed electrical power will also be able to power basic satellite functions and serve as a redundant system to solar power, which is traditionally used on spacecraft,” according to principal investigator and Rogue Propulsion Engineer, Dr. Evan Aguirre. As principal investigator, Aguirre will lead the initiative along with co-principal investigator Dr. Surabhi Jaiswal in partnership with Eastern Michigan University.
“This NSF grant will enhance the partnership between academia and industry while providing opportunities for student research. The proposed work is focused on the forefront of electric propulsion technology and holds promise for better performance standards for the burgeoning space industry,” says Dr. Surabhi Jaiswal of Eastern Michigan University.
“Dr. Aguirre and Dr. Jaiswal are advancing Rogue propulsion technology with novel and innovative approaches previously unexplored in the space industry. The National Science Foundation has recognized their brilliance, and the market necessity for more advanced, efficient, and sustainable in-space propulsion systems,” says Jeromy Grimmett, CEO of Rogue Space Systems. “As the in-space economy develops and matures, these propulsion systems will be foundational in the delivery of goods and services throughout LEO, GEO, cislunar and beyond.”