It was supposed to launch on the weekend aboard SpaceX Rideshare 8, but have not been about to find any news of it's status. Their website has nothing except another launch date in 140 days: https://ivolimited.us/launch/
IVO told me that the supplier of their bus had informed them there was a batch problem of excess power-draw, and so they withdrew their test launch. Turned out that that was a problem with the unit, so it would have failed had it been launched, so they will be changing the bus for a good one and putting it on the next flight. The drive itself was functional. Better to do this than show a failure in orbit, which most people would interpret as the drive itself failing.Yep, sad this happened and we need to wait longer for a space test, but errors happen. Good that it was caught before the launch.
Interview with IVO CEO Richard Mansell here:https://thedebrief.org/cutting-edge-solar-powered-thruster-taps-limitless-energy-from-the-sun/
At about 23:30 he says "These things are very low power - less than 1 watt" but he doesn't say how much less.Regards,M.R.F.
I see you calculated acceleration. Can you tell me, did you use mass of the craft in the calc? Thnx, FL... Kevin
Well Transporter 9 launched so I guess it's up there now. Just waiting for results which could be at least a month away
Was the testing protocol ever released? Or is it going to be the assumed sideways thrust indicating an inclination change will be the measure of merit?
A pair of Quantum Drives are fitted to the BARRY-1 cubesat, which will take around one month to settle into its orbit before the next-generation propulsion system is activated in an effort to raise the satellites orbit by 100 kilometers.
More on the IVO launch and other projects with comments from McCulloch and Shawyer here https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2023/11/17/controversial-quantum-space-drive-in-orbital-test-others-to-follow/