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November 03, 2012

Plasma Jet Electric Thrusters for Spacecraft Kickstarter

A prototype electric pulsed plasma jet thruster for reliable, high performance, low cost interplanetary space transportation kickstarter has successfully raised $72,000 and still has 51 minutes left to go.

Our technical objectives for this thruster development project are to meet or exceed the following thruster performance goals:

* Design and construct a high density gas fed plasma thruster operated at an average continuous input power level of about 1.0 kW
* Achieve a specific impulse (Isp) of 2000 sec (which means an average exhaust velocity of about 20,000 m/s)
* Operate at 5 pulses per second (5 Hz) for a minimum duration of one minute





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