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Liquid micro pulsed plasma thruster

Published Online: 22 Jun 2015
Volume & Issue: Volume 60 (2015) - Issue 2 (June 2015)
Page range: 257 - 261
Received: 27 Nov 2014
Accepted: 24 Mar 2015
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
1508-5791
First Published
25 Mar 2014
Publication timeframe
4 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

A new type of pulsed plasma thruster (PPT) for small satellite propulsion is investigated, of which the most innovative aspect is the use of a non-volatile liquid propellant. The thruster is based on an open capillary design. The thruster achieved a thrust-to-power ratio above 45 μN/W, which constitutes a 5-fold improvement over the water-propelled pulsed plasma thruster, and which is also slightly above the performance of a similarly sized PPT with a solid propellant.

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