Ion Thruster

Ion Thruster

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. An ion thruster is a form of electric propulsion used for spacecraft propulsion that creates thrust by accelerating ions. Ion thrusters are categorized by how they accelerate the ions, using either electrostatic or electromagnetic force. Electrostatic ion thrusters use the Coulomb force and accelerate the ions in the direction of the electric field. Electromagnetic ion thrusters use the Lorentz force to accelerate the ions. The term "ion thruster" by itself usually denotes the electrostatic or gridded ion thrusters. The thrust created in ion thrusters is very small compared to conventional chemical rockets, but a very high specific impulse, or propellant efficiency, is obtained. This high propellant efficiency is achieved through the very frugal propellant consumption of the ion thruster propulsion system.show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 191g
  • Culp Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135833324
  • 9786135833324