A micro solid propellant thruster for simple attitude control of a 10 kg class small spacecraft is currently under development. The prototype has 0.8 mm micro rocket elements, arrayed at a pitch of 1.2 mm on a 22 × 22 mm substance. Initially, solid propellants were used, obtaining only 20% ignition probability with a very long ignition delay (e.g. 1000 ms) as well as very high ignition energy. While observing the tested prototype sample, it became apparent that the main cause of these problems was a gap between the solid propellants and ignition heater. So, the thruster system was improved so that the propellants adhered to the heater. In addition, an ignition charge was used that starts to burn at 210°C, which was acetone having the form of slurry. As a result, a better ignition probability of over 80% in vacuum and half thrust of expectation were gained.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Dec 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)