The mission aims to demonstrate AF-M315E as a green alternative to hydrazine, a highly toxic fuel used for spacecrafts, according to an Emcore statement.
AF-M315E is low-toxicity and is supposed to have a higher density than hydrazine, while also delivering a greater thrust per given quantity of fuel.
For the solar panel program, Emcore intends to utilize its ZTJ triple-junction solar cells to power the payload on the spacecraft.
ATK will integrate its solar arrays with Emcore’s panels for the satellite’s flight configuration.
The GPIM team also includes Aerojet Corp., NASA’s Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.