The VACCO End-Mounted Standard Micro-Propulsion System (MiPS) is a low-cost, cold gas propulsion module designed to utilize the “tuna can” volume in CubeSat P-POD deployment systems.
Using Chemically Etched Micro System (ChEMStm) technology, VACCO has produced a complete propulsion system including propellant storage, pressurization, distribution, thrusters and controller. This simple, highly integrated design uses a self-pressurizing liquid propellant that is expelled as a gas.
The 0.25U MiPS is capable of 93N-sec of total impulse with up to 1,860,000 firings. MiPS brings true propulsion capabilities to micro-spacecraft for formation flying, altitude control and velocity change (delta-v).