Low-power solid-state microwave thruster systems

Michael Matthew Micci

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Previously obtained experimental performance values with helium propellant were used to estimate the performance of a low-power microwave thruster using other, more practical, propellants. When combined with a solid-state microwave source, obviating the need for a power processing unit, the low-power microwave thruster system was found to have significant advantages over other low-power electric propulsion thrusters. These include lower total system masses, higher thruster efficiencies and higher thrust-to-power values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number465
StatePublished - Dec 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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