Iodine Hall Thruster for Space Exploration

Iodine Hall Thruster for Space Exploration

Post Date May 06, 2016
Firm Name Busek Company, Inc.
State Massachusetts
Program SBIR
Mission Directorate Space Technology
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A modern spacecraft performing interplanetary missions may change velocity by more than 20,000 miles per hour (32,000 km/hr). To achieve these speeds, Hall Effect Thrusters and other forms of ion propulsion may be used. For decades, xenon has been the gas of choice for most of NASA’s solar electric propulsion (SEP) systems. However, alternate propellants are needed for future missions. The high-pressure storage requirements of xenon gas coupled with fluctuating costs due to limited availability have prompted scientists to seek out alternative propellants and compatible propulsion systems.

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