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thruster

[′thrəs·tər]
(aerospace engineering)
A control jet employed in spacecraft; an example would be one utilizing hydrogen peroxide.
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The mission, which will include a propulsion experiment using Aerojet Rocketdyne Hall thrusters on the military's X-37B space plane, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
has successfully tested experimental versions of the thruster.
The GPIM team demonstrated in a lab environment that the 22 Newton-class thruster running AF-M135E propellant had an enhanced operation range over traditional hydrazine used in spacecraft.
But flight controllers later discovered that several of the thrusters had been crippled due to clogged valve lines, stalling its planned docking with the ISS on Saturday.
To explain how the thruster works, Lozano invokes the analogy of a tree: Water from the ground is pulled up a tree through a succession of smaller and smaller pores, first in the roots, then up the trunk, and finally through the leaves, where sunshine evaporates the water as gas.
None of the little jets was available for the rendezvous and docking, and Mr Sturckow had to use the bigger, more powerful primary thrusters, making for a somewhat bumpier, noisier ride.
The xenon is then ionised by electrons emitted by an internal cathode which both ignites and subsequently sustains the plasma inside the thruster chamber.
Major subject areas included plume dynamics, chemical propulsion, combustion stability innovations for liquid rocket engines, microchemical propulsion, electric propulsion, hall thrusters, and electrospray propulsion.
i]--angle between the longitudinal axis and the line connecting the centre of gravity with the symmetry centre of the ith thruster,
The plasma would shoot out of the thruster to push the spacecraft forward.
Prince Danzig may be the better proposition of the pair, while Law Dancer cannot be ruled out, but on balance this looks a very winnable race and one in which it can pay to take a chance on The Thruster.
In the first phase, Flowserve will deliver thruster components and provide engineering support under the license.