Thruster

PEPL MPD (Magnetoplasmadynamic) Thruster


Photograph of PEPL’s MPD thruster on display.

Developed
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Tested at PEPL
1993

Developer
PEPL

This applied-field pulsed MPD thruster was provided by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and is based on Prof. Gallimore’s graduate work at Princeton. The thruster was tested at PEPL in a collaboration project with NASA Lewis Research Center (now GRC). The goal of the project was to study the suitability of the MPD thruster for 10-kW class solar electric orbit transfer vehicle (SEOTV) missions.

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