What’s out of this world? Satellites.
And what keeps those satellites out of this world? Propulsion systems.
Promotional but also a Scientific Animation
This animation we did is a promotional piece for Phase Four but also an educational review on the current status of satellite technology. Large satellites can be as heavy as an SUV and cost tens of millions of dollars to launch to space. So small satellites the size of a coffee mug have become increasingly popular. They also offer the bonus of being able to blanket the Earth when used in multiples, thus increasing their coverage. However, their propulsion systems are low performance, dangerous and expensive. And without propulsion, they can’t reach optimal orbit and thereby generate maximum revenue.
This is where Phase Four comes in. They have created a plasma propulsion thruster that negates these issues.
How the Animation was Created
Needless to say, this was a really cool project to work on. We were able to use an existing slide presentation that Phase Four had that acted as the initial “script” for the story we wanted to tell. Working closely with Phase Four, Kohlitz created a storyboard and concept art inspired by the slide presentation. Phase Four had a strong, consistent design style already implemented in their branding and we were able to create an animation that fit nicely with that style but still maintained a “sketchy” style that Phase Four favored.
Satellites are launched to space on large rockets and placed in orbit anywhere from a few hundred to many thousands of miles above Earth.
Big, heavy satellites generate the largest share of industry revenue and are massive structures that can cost tens of millions of dollars to launch to space.
Electronics miniaturization has spawned the emergence of NanoSatellites, or “CubeSats,” with 10 centimeter sides, about the size of a coffee mug.
Their smaller size allows them to be developed at a lower cost and on a more rapid development cycle.
Small satellites work for a wide range of tasks from imagery to weather to worldwide internet access.
Current small satellite propulsion systems are low performance, dangerous and expensive.
Without a decent propulsion solution, CubeSats can’t reach optimal orbits.
Phase Four has designed a solution specifically to fulfill these propulsion requirements.
Our patented technology can be rapidly manufactured with no moving parts and is capable of multi-fuel use, and highly efficient. (Video Edit: allow image to sit for 1 additional second before next VO words begin)
Additionally, this technology scales via a standardized design, meaning CAT can be applied to nearly any type of mission.
High-speed internet the world over,
Faster access to global data, and
Exploring new worlds in years, not decades.
The Phase Four CAT propulsion system makes game-changing missions now possible.