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2016 Issue №03

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A development of the low power engine for work on a krypton



Addressing such space mission as station keeping at the orbit, satellite orbit rising, debris deorbiting, cargo transportation and development of thrusters for deep space missions, electric propulsion appears to be an undisputed alternative for the chemical thrusters. Also, even the best solutions provided by electric propulsion technology still require optimization despite its more than of half a century history. Currently xenon is the propellant of choice for ion and Hall effect thrusters, however xenon is very expensive, that’s why different cheaper propellants appears as an alternative fuel for advanced electric propulsion thrusters


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