A Dual Mode Propulsion System for Small Satellite Applications†
AbstractThis study focused on the development of a chemical micropropulsion system suitable for primary propulsion and/or attitude control for a nanosatellite. Due to the limitations and expense of current micropropulsion technologies, few nanosatellites with propulsion have been launched to date; however, the availability of such a propulsion system would allow for new nanosatellite mission concepts, such as deep space exploration, maneuvering in low gravity environments and formation flying. This work describes the design of “dual mode” monopropellant/bipropellant microthruster prototype that employs a novel homogeneous catalysis scheme. Results from prototype testing are reported that validate the concept. The micropropulsion system is designed to be fabricated using a combination of additively-manufactured and commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts along with non-toxic fuels, thus making it a low-cost and environmentally-friendly option for future nanosatellite missions. View Full-Text
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Gagne, K.R.; McDevitt, M.R.; Hitt, D.L. A Dual Mode Propulsion System for Small Satellite Applications. Aerospace 2018, 5, 52.
Gagne KR, McDevitt MR, Hitt DL. A Dual Mode Propulsion System for Small Satellite Applications. Aerospace. 2018; 5(2):52.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gagne, Kevin R.; McDevitt, M. R.; Hitt, Darren L. 2018. "A Dual Mode Propulsion System for Small Satellite Applications." Aerospace 5, no. 2: 52.
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