Nanoparticle Electric Propulsion for Space Exploration

Thomas M. Liu, Louis D. Musinski, Prashant R. Patel, Alec D. Gallimore, Brian E. Gilchrist, Michael Keidar
2007 AIP Conference Proceedings  
A new electrostatic thruster technology is under development at the University of Michigan using nanoparticles as propellant with micro-and nano-electromechanical systems. Termed the nanoparticle field extraction thruster (nanoFET), this highly integrated propulsion concept is a high efficiency, variable specific impulse engine type that can be readily scalable for a large range of future space science and exploration missions.
doi:10.1063/1.2437518 fatcat:ivprgyju7ncynimcr35ofhd75e