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Additively Manufactured Low Power Thrusters for Secondary Payloads, Phase I

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Arctic Slope Technical Services, ASTS, is pleased to propose this innovative approach for reducing the cost and power requirements for an electrically-heated, stored gas thruster well-suited for use in small spacecraft and satellites (CubeSats and NanoSats especially). The thruster features exceptionally-high heat transfer from the heaters to the gas, which will provide excellent Isp performance at much lower power than traditional thrusters. We will also use an additive manufacturing approach, which will greatly reduce production costs. More »

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