SmallSat Propulsion System Goes Green

By Dr. Troy Howe | June 3, 2023

SmallSat (small satellite) propulsion system, developed by ThermaSat, offers space missions an environmentally friendly solution to satellite propulsion.  Small satellites, also known as Smallsats, have been increasingly used for scientific research, Earth observation, communication, and other commercial missions. As the demand for Smallsats grows, so does the need for better propulsion systems that optimize efficiency; cost; environmental impact; sustainable, eco-friendly solutions.

SmallSat Solution:

ThermaSat’s smallsat propulsion system represents a breakthrough in green space technology that delivers high performance and low impact. One of the most significant advantages of the ThermaSat system is that it is more efficient and less wasteful…

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Orbital Maneuvers – Navigating Space

By Dr. Troy Howe | April 3, 2023


Orbital maneuvers is emerging  as a fundamental skill where satellites and spacecraft journey through the vastness of space.  The ability to execute precise orbital maneuvers is crucial for mission success, space exploration, and satellite operations.

ThermaSat’s advancements in propulsion systems and navigation techniques continues to push the boundaries of what is possible.


An orbital maneuver refers to a planned adjustment made to alter the trajectory, position, or velocity of a satellite or spacecraft in its orbit. These maneuvers are essential for a variety of purposes, including orbit changes, rendezvous and docking, debris avoidance, and attitude control. By executing these maneuvers with precision, scientists…

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Satellite Propulsion ThermaSat System – Revolutionizing Space Exploration

By Dr. Troy Howe | February 1, 2023
satellite propulsion

The satellite propulsion system, developed by ThermaSat, plays a crucial role in our ability to explore, communicate, and understand the universe, the vast expanse of space. This system is the lifeblood of satellites, enabling them to maneuver, maintain their orbits, and fulfill their missions. Let’s delve into the exciting advancements and the promising future of satellite propulsion systems.


Traditional chemical propulsion systems have been the workhorse of satellite propulsion for decades. However, advancements in technology have brought forth a new era of propulsion systems. Electric propulsion systems, particularly ion thrusters…

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ThermaSat Technology Receives Supplemental Funding – Phase II National Science Foundation Award

By Dr. Troy Howe | November 28, 2022

Howe Industries, the parent company of ThermaSat Inc, has received a roughly $200k Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TECP) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to supplement its ongoing Phase II SBIR program.  This supplement to the nearly $1M Phase II award, commercializes the ThermaSat propulsion system through an industry partner.


ThermaSat was formed because of commercial interest in the ThermaSat propulsion system being developed by Howe Industries LLC under the Phase I and Phase II SBIR NSF award. We develop in-space mobility, focusing on “green” propellant and reusability…

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ROAMER awarded SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Contract

By Dr. Troy Howe | September 23, 2022

ThermaSat ROAMER has been awarded a Phase 1 STTR under the SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Program

ThermaSat ROAMER has been selected by SpaceWERX for a STTR Phase I in the amount of $241k to investigate how its ROAMER orbital service vehicle might enable In-space Service Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM) capabilities being explored by the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and United States Space Force (USSF) through the Orbital Prime program.

The ROAMER technology uses ThermaSat propulsion for high thrust operation with minimal power needs. Orbital Prime was created to accelerate the commercial ISAM market toward a…

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ThermaSat provides an unparalleled capability and a unique thermal propulsion approach for maneuvering in space.

With nearly unlimited configurations and operational concepts ThermaSat’s family of systems offer unmatched capabilities enabling more space missions, more space assets, and more space-based capabilities at a fraction of the cost.

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