Radio frequency power processing unit passes acceptance tests at Ad Astra


A new generation radio-frequency Power Processing Unit (PPU) for the VASIMR® engine, built by Canada-based Aethera Technologies Ltd., has completed a series of full power acceptance tests at Ad Astra Rocket Company’s Texas facility near Houston.

To pass the tests, the unit operated in a thermal steady-state with no anomalies at its full power rating of 120kW. Following the tests, the radio-frequency PPU can be incorporated into Ad Astra’s vacuum facility to be tested with the VX-200SS™ VASIMR® prototype.

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