Development of an Ionic Green Monopropellant 1 Newton Thruster for Small Satellite Application
In effort to advance green monopropellant propulsion using AF-M315E, a 1N thruster was developed to demonstrate the propellant capabilities for low thrust requirement missions. The current study presents the development of a 1 Newton thruster. The thruster was designed based on available literature for initial parameters. In house developed catalyst was packed into the 1 Newton thruster, and mounted onto a thrust stand for testing. Two configurations of catalyst were used for this testing campaign. As a result, temperature peaks from AF-M315E decomposition gases reached up to 1400 °C with an iridium loading factor of 25% by mass with both catalyst configurations. Thruster testing shows the current design of the thruster is capable of reaching the desired thrust of 1 Newton.
Mechanical engineering|Aerospace engineering
Mejia, Jaclyn Mona, "Development of an Ionic Green Monopropellant 1 Newton Thruster for Small Satellite Application" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI27666987.