Thruster

End-Hall Thruster


The End-Hall Thruster on display.

Developed
1994

Tested at PEPL
1994

Developer
NASA LeRC (now GRC)

The 500-W end-Hall thruster, developed at NASA Lewis Research Center (now GRC) was studied at PEPL as an alternative to the closed-drift thruster (CDT) that gained popularity due Russian research showing excellent CDT performance. This thruster does not have a center pole , thus eliminating an entire surface that can be eroded away. However, efficiency was found to be lower than similar CDT devices.

Selected Publications


  • The H9 Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster

    Hofer, R.R., Cusson, S.E., Lobbia, R.B., and Gallimore, A.D.

    35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta,GA, IEPC-2017-232, 2017

  • Performance of the H9 Magnetically Shielded Hall Thrusters

    Cusson, S. E., Hofer, R. R., Lobbia, R. B., Jorns, B. A., and Gallimore, A. D.

    35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta,GA, IEPC-2017-239, 2017