Phase Four Appoints Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as its Board of Directors

Phase Four Appoints Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as its Board of Directors

Phase Four, the creator of the radio-frequency thruster (RF Thruster) for satellite propulsion, has announced that Jim Bridenstine, former NASA Administrator and former Member of Congress from Oklahoma, has joined its Board of Directors. Bridenstine provides Phase Four with a wealth of experience based on his leadership role at NASA and legislative efforts as a member of Congress who championed broad private industry support for United States aerospace and defense programs.

"We are honored to have a space visionary like Jim join our board," said Phase Four CEO, Beau Jarvis. "Jim has been a strong advocate for the expansion of the commercial space industry and private industry support for government missions. I'm looking forward to working with him and thrilled that Phase Four will benefit from his extensive expertise in aerospace."

Bridenstine's announcement builds on the Company's continued momentum, including delivering its second generation product "Maxwell Block 2" engine to customers and developing new advanced propulsion systems offering capabilities that are in high demand in the space industry. Notably, Phase Four's product line now includes "Max-V," a Maxwell Block 2 variant running on iodine versus traditional noble gas propellants and "Max-Multi," a revolutionary Maxwell engine that delivers multimode propulsion capabilities to a broad range of spacecraft.

"The American entrepreneurial spirit is setting sail on what President Kennedy called 'the new sea," said Bridenstine. "In this golden era of space innovation, space sustainability is a challenge we must meet. As our generation continues to develop and industrialize space, Phase Four's game changing in-space mobility technologies will drive down costs, increase access, and maximize the utility and sustainability of Earth's most valuable orbits. Phase Four is well positioned to impact national security, civil, commercial, and international space markets. I am excited to join the Phase Four board."

Phase Four's RF thruster has a radically simplified architecture compared to legacy propulsion technologies, which lends itself to short lead time and high volume manufacturing. To support this effort, the Company is expanding to a 23,000 sq. ft. facility in Hawthorne, California later this year. The propellant agnostic nature of the RF thruster will help eliminate the U.S. defense base's reliance on a volatile, unsecured noble gas supply chain. The Company's first non-noble gas-fueled engine, "Max-V," which operates on iodine, is expected to be available in 2023.

Click here to learn more about various Maxwell propulsion systems from Phase Four.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013