The VHITAL Program to Demonstrate the Performance and Lifetime of a Bismuth-Fueled Very High Isp Hall

@inproceedings{senguptat2005TheVP,
  title={The VHITAL Program to Demonstrate the Performance and Lifetime of a Bismuth-Fueled Very High Isp Hall},
  author={Anita senguptat and Jay polkt},
  year={2005}
}
  • Anita senguptat, Jay polkt
  • Published 2005
In the Very High Isp Thruster with Anode Layer (VHITAL) Program the performance, plume and lifetime capability of the radiatively-cooled two stage, bismuth-fueled VHITAL160 will be characterized in the U.S. and Russia. The demonstration and further characterization of this technology is motivated by its excellent performance, unique propellant attributes and potentially significant mass and trip time savings over chemical and ion thruster systems for NEP missions. This Russian-developed… CONTINUE READING