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Microsatellite technology has become increasingly popular in recent years as it can offer significant cost savings, higher reliability, and is generally more affordable for a large variety of commercial applications. Since many microsatellite missions require considerable propulsion capabilities, miniaturization of the propulsion subsystem is critical in(More)
Hall thrusters and other types of electric propulsion have become a tempting alternative to traditional chemical propulsion systems due to the high specific impulses they provide at relatively high efficiencies. Unlike conventional chemical propulsion systems, electric propulsion devices do not rely on the internal energy stored within their propellant.(More)
Although several operational codes are available for the prediction of plume dynamics of Hall thrusters and their interactions with spacecraft surfaces, their coverage of the range of physical phenomena involved and their ability to model complex geometries and material combinations has tended to be fairly restricted. We have initiated the development of a(More)
Acknowledgements It is difficult to condense into a couple of pages the impact that MIT has had on me. I was an undergraduate here, spent five years elsewhere, and returned for another five years. Some of my old friends were (and are) still around, and I met plenty of new ones. In many ways, MIT often seems like home. It's not the pristine architecture or(More)
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