Designer and manufacturer of custom precision fluid and motion controls, Valcor Engineering Corporation (Valcor) has released its new white paper entitled, “Low-Cost Valves for High-Volume Satellite Propulsion.”
The company, which designs controls for space, aircraft, nuclear, and scientific/industrial industries, discusses the potential role that latch valves and regulators play in the growth of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.
Commenting on Valcor’s technology, Larry Wismer, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing, Valcor, said, “Overall, these low-cost latch valves and regulators enable the economic viability of broadband LEO satellite constellations aimed at meeting the demand for high-speed internet service.”
“These products complement our thruster valve, service valve and propellant tank products – thereby completing Valcor’s portfolio of in-space propulsion systems components.
The increasing demand for high-speed internet has seen a proliferation of broadband LEO satellite constellations.
With high satellite costs impeding adoption and development, Valcor’s valve technology could provide a solution.
Although propelled through electric means, these satellites still require valves to control the flow of noble gases used in their propulsion systems.
Valcor’s ‘low-cost’ latch valve reduces weight and launch costs, in addition to helping reduce propellant consumption, extending satellite life and lowering life cycle costs.
The company has released a ‘companion component’ to the valve, a compact pressure regulator designed for high-volume in space propulsion.
The full whitepaper is available to view here.