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GPIM Will Be Scrutinizing AFRL’s ASCENT, The Green Propellant

Space Technology Mission (STM) board of directors and co-investigators such as Aerojet, Space and Missile Systems Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Ball Aerospace, and SpaceX of NASA decided to launch Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) spaceship of Ball Aerospace. It will be the world’s first on-orbit experiment of the AFRL created Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-toxic Propellant (ASCENT) green propellant to reach the orbit. The GPIM spacecraft had launched into space on June 24 from launch site LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center during the launch window opening of 11:30 pm Eastern as a piece of the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission dealing with SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.

The GPIM spacecraft is scheduled for launch June 24 from launch site LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, with the launch window opening at 11:30 p.m. Eastern as part of the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. The new propellant, ASCENT, was earlier named AF-M315E so as to signify the breakthrough in the new energetic propellants development to replace the hydrazine. The newer chemical propellant versions are suitable for all the current satellite propulsion. The ASCENT is found to be 50% more efficient and safer compared to hydrazine and permits streamlined ground operations in relation to the legacy propellants.

The hydrazine is combustible, toxic, and necessitates the use of Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble or SCAPE devices for controlling tasks, such as ASCENT propellant urges the use of minimal Personal Protective Equipment or PPE including a lab coat and a splash guard for the face. The revolutionary green propellant for spaceships propulsion is crucial as we are pacing towards space operations. The US Air Force Academy (USAFA) had developed Ionic Liquid-based energetic propellants for handling properties at the same time enhancing the performance. AFRL has invested $30 Million in R & D for technology improvisation from a concept into reality and the GPIM mission is anticipated to determine the technology’s maturity for the commercial and DOD space assets. The Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission will also focus on AFRL’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft that will increase DOD’s understanding of the Van Allen radiation belts and its effect on spaceship objects.

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Scot Gallegos pursued a Master’s Degree in Astrology from a US-based university. He manages to handle science-related topics, which specifically includes research activities in the field of Space and Science. His coverage over the recent space exploration is phenomenal. Scot is quite experienced in playing with words, while due to his good understanding regarding space and technology-related concepts, Daily Industry Updates news portal has offered him the post of Content Editor. During his spare time, he updates his knowledge regarding Space and the Universe by reading space journals and books. He has set up a separate books section in his living room.

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