Thruster

P5


Photograph of the P5 prior to operation.

Developed
1997

Tested at PEPL
1999 – 2009

Developer
PEPL, AFRL

The University of Michigan and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory have designed and built a 5 kW Hall thruster for research purposes designated the P5. This thruster has a discharge chamber outer diameter of 173 mm and was designed to emulate the characteristics of commercial Hall thrusters. Measurements taken in the LVTF (see AIAA-98-3503) using the thrust stand have shown that this thruster does have performance characteristics comparable to commercial models. This thruster has been utilized for various long term research projects at the University of Michigan.

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