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Iodine Hall Thruster

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Iodine Hall Thruster
The potential of an Iodine Hall system includes both enabling capabilities for SmallSats and game changing system level performance for higher power Hall systems. Typical nanosatellites are launched into prescribed low-earth orbits with no or limited onboard propulsion capability, this greatly limits their ability to achieve full mission objectives and/or safely deorbit. Iodine Hall thrusters are the best near-term option to solve this challenge given their low volume, high V performance, and unpressurized benign state prior to launch. Future NASA missions will be able to safely achieve far more technical objectives using this new propulsion technology on small sat missions. More »

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