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Recent Advances in MEMS-Based Microthrusters

College of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Electronics Technology, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
Electrical and Mechanical College, Beijing Vocational College of Agriculture, Beijing 102208, China
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Micromachines 2019, 10(12), 818;
Received: 14 October 2019 / Revised: 20 November 2019 / Accepted: 24 November 2019 / Published: 26 November 2019
With the development of micro/nano satellites and formation flying, more advanced spatial propulsion technology is required. In this paper, a review of microthrusters developments that based on micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology adopted in microthrusters is summarized. The microthrusters in previous research are classified and summarized according to the types of propellants and the working principles they utilized. The structure and the performance including the thrust, the impulse and the specific impulse of various microthrusters are compared. In addition, the advantages and the disadvantages of these microthrusters presented in the paper are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: microthrusters; micropropulsion; microspacecraft; microfabrication; MEMS technology microthrusters; micropropulsion; microspacecraft; microfabrication; MEMS technology
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Liu, B.; Li, X.; Yang, J.; Gao, G. Recent Advances in MEMS-Based Microthrusters. Micromachines 2019, 10, 818.

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