What is it about?
A new type of fuel-efficient pulsed plasma thruster is being developed that can be used on small satellites. The fiber-fed thruster operates on Teflon propellant. Its performance is described and analyzed for conditions of high current and high exhaust velocity.
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Why is it important?
For the first time, the evaporating surface area of a pulsed plasma thruster can be controlled.
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This page is a summary of: Analysis of Fiber-Fed Pulsed Plasma Thruster Performance, Journal of Propulsion and Power, October 2020, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), DOI: 10.2514/1.b38114.
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