Photograph of the P5 prior to operation.
Tested at PEPL
1999 – 2009
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.
The H9 Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster
Hofer, R.R., Cusson, S.E., Lobbia, R.B., and Gallimore, A.D.
Performance of the H9 Magnetically Shielded Hall Thrusters
Cusson, S. E., Hofer, R. R., Lobbia, R. B., Jorns, B. A., and Gallimore, A. D.