Design and testing of mega-bit microthruster arrays

Koji Takahashi, Hideyo Ebisuzaki, Hayato Kajiwara, Tetsushi Achiwa, Kunihito Nagayama, Tanemasa Asano

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Microthruster is a key for the long-term mission of nanosatellite. Micro rocket array system using solid propellant is treated theoretically and experimentally. Ignition model of energetic material is developed to understand the reaction of propellant in micro tank. It is found that there is suitable particle size of solid propellant and high heat fluence is desired. Two kinds of igniter circuits for Mega-bit microthruster are discussed and the simpler one is fabricated using MEMS technology. Successful heating of resistor in the order of 40μm is established and the reason of unstable ignition is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanoTech 2002 - "At the Edge of Revolution"
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781624101267
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventNanoTech 2002 - "At the Edge of Revolution" - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Sept 9 2002Sept 12 2002

Publication series

NameNanoTech 2002 - "At the Edge of Revolution"


OtherNanoTech 2002 - "At the Edge of Revolution"
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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