She combined hydrazine, a propellant that gives off heat when it decomposes in the presence of a catalyst, with the resistojet
, a thruster that heats a propellant, vaporising it and creating thrust from the gas's expansion.
It will also fly innovative new technologies such as a 'WARP DRiVE' (Water Alcohol Resistojet
Propulsion Deorbit Re-entry Velocity Experiment) and electric Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs); both 'firsts' to fly on a nanosatellite.
Brill is receiving the Kate Gleason Award for expanding the frontiers of space through innovations in rocket and jet propulsion, including the invention of the hydrazine resistojet
engine used for geosynchronous and low-earth-orbit communication satellites; and for having the foresight to champion the hybrid electric mono-propellant rocket engine.