The use of colloid thrusters for nano satellites

Kent, Barry, Stark, John, Stevens, Bob and Alexander, Matt (2004) The use of colloid thrusters for nano satellites. European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP (555). pp. 893-896. ISSN 0379-6566

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A micro-fabricated colloid thruster propulsion system is described for use on board a micro satellite, The thruster concept consists of multiple thrust heads, each of which can be subdivided to support several operating strategies requiring different thrust levels, and achieving significant satellite agility. The design provides thrust at the micro Newton level, with a 10:1 factor of variability. High specific impulse is achieved at an overall specific power of 19.4 W/mN. The overall system mass is 23 8g with an orbit average power demand of less that 0.1W. There is a wide a range of missions for which the thruster could be applied, analysis is presented here concerning optimal control for drag makeup.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aerospace engineering,space and planetary science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2200/2202
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Engineering
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 17:30
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2024 01:42

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