Image: CubeSat micro-pulsed plasma thruster

This micro-pulsed plasma thruster has been designed for propulsion of miniature CubeSats; its first firing is seen here. The thruster works by pulsing a lightning-like electric arc between two electrodes. This vaporizes the thruster propellant into charged plasma, which is then accelerated in the electromagnetic field set up between the electrodes.

Image: CubeSat micro-pulsed plasma thruster

Wed 13 Jun 18 from Phys.org

Getting CubeSats moving

Technology image of the week: first firing of a micro-thruster for miniature CubeSat missions

Wed 13 Jun 18 from ESA

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