Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Richard E. Huffman, PhD.
A new specialized electrospray thruster with a potential to be used with a 3-U CubeSat was operated. The key difference in this thruster from traditional colloid thrusters is the porous stainless steel surface used for the emission sites. With this porous surface the actual location and number of the Taylor cones formations vary with changing fuel flow. The understanding of these formations is discussed with low, moderate, and high flow rates. The limitations of the experiment and observed system response are discussed. Due to these limitations, the colloid thruster was only able to operate in the low mass flow rate regime
DTIC Accession Number
Ober, Scott T., "CubeSat Packaged Electrospray Thruster Evaluation for Enhanced Operationally Responsive Space Capabilities" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 1344.