(Purdue University) The small size and relatively low cost of CubeSats have made them a popular choices for commercial launches in recent years, but the process to propel such satellites in space comes with a number of problems.Purdue University researchers have developed a technology to address one key problem – the uncertainty of ignition system that initiates the propulsion system of the CubeSats. Current ignition systems are unreliable and can be subject to significant and irreversible damage.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/pu-nth020619.php