Electrothermal microthruster

Angelo Cervone, Dadui Cordeiro Guerrieri, Marsil de Athayde Costa e. Silva, Fiona Leverone

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Electrothermal propulsion can be seen as an intermediate concept between electrical and chemical propulsion. Propellant heating typically happens by means of a resistance (resistojet) or an electrical discharge (arcjet). For the extremely miniaturized applications that will be discussed in this chapter, resistojets are by far the most commonly used form of electrothermal thrusters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Micropropulsion for Nanosatellites
Subtitle of host publicationProgress, Challenges and Future
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128190371
ISBN (Print)9780128190388
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • Arcjet
  • CubeSat
  • Green propellant
  • Microthruster
  • Nozzle
  • Resistojet


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