Space environment testing is becoming increasingly more important in the nanosatellite market due to demand for radiation tolerant components and rising expectations for in-orbit longevity. The use of commercial off-the-shelf parts necessitates their characterization under in-orbit radiation environments. However, this is rarely performed by competitor manufacturers, resulting in unoptimized designs and unpredictable lifespan during mission-critical applications. Aphelion is committed to design longevity and deep-space application development. Our radiation testing facility, with a thermal vacuum target chamber and a 20MeV linear accelerator at its core, allows for rigorous testing of all our designs. We are going through the procedures for installing and bringing online the facility which will be operational to provide the following services by the end of 2017:
- Radiation testing for satellite components
- Thermal vacuum space environment simulation
- Beam time on the linear accelerator for material testing and research
Our industrial facility in Union City, New Jersey has the resources needed for the development of ion sources, electron guns, andaccelerating cavities This allows for a unique opportunity for in-house radiation testing of satellites and complements our electrical propulsion capabilities. Our previous works include a number of fast neutron sources, 20 W class hall effect thrusters, and thermionic electron guns.