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37th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
The design of the Linear Gridless Ion Thruster, or LGIT, is presented in detail. The LGIT is a hybrid thruster that combines an ionization stage similar to those normally found on gridded ion engines with the acceleration mechanism of a Hall effect thruster. This thruster also features a linear geometry, which simplifies the design of the magnetic circuit while making the LGIT particularly well suited to future work on clustering and, perhaps, thrust vectoring by varying the magnetic fields indoi:10.2514/6.2001-3649 fatcat:ruiqu26lfjedpgnzcqcnico7am