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Liquid-Fed Pulsed Plasma Thruster for Propelling Nanosatellites

  title={Liquid-Fed Pulsed Plasma Thruster for Propelling Nanosatellites},
  author={Adam Patel and Yunping Zhang and Alexey Shashurin},
  journal={arXiv: Applied Physics},
This paper presents a novel micropropulsion system for nanosatellite applications - a liquid fed pulsed-plasma thruster (LF-PPT) comprised of a Lorentz-force pulsed plasma accelerator (PPA) and a low-energy surface flashover (LESF) igniter. A 3 {\mu}F / 2 kV capacitor bank, offering shot energies of < 6 J, supported PPA current pulsed durations of ~ 16 {\mu}s with observed peaks of 7.42 kA. Plasma jet exhaust velocity was measured at ~ 32 km/s using a time-of-flight technique via a set of… 
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