A Hybrid Cold Gas Microthruster System for Spacecraft
2002 (English)In: Sensors and Actuators A-Physical, ISSN 0924-4247, Vol. 97-98, 587-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A hybrid cold gas microthruster system suitable for low Δv applications on spacecraft have been developed. Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) components together with fine-mechanics form the microthruster units, intergrating four independent thrusters. These are designed to deliver maximum thrusts in the range of 0.1–10 mN.
The system includes three different micromachined subsystems: a nozzle unit comprising four nozzles generating supersonic gas velocity, i.e. 455 m/s, four independent piezoelectric proportional valves with leak rates at 10−6 scc/s He, and two particle filters. The performances of all these MEMS subsystems have been evaluated.
The total system performance has been estimated in two parameters, the system-specific impulse and the mass ratio of the propulsion system to the spacecraft mass. These figures provide input for spacecraft design and manufacture.
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2002. Vol. 97-98, 587-98 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93968DOI: 10.1016/S0924-4247(01)00805-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93968DiVA: diva2:167632