- Conference date: 18–22 April 2010
- Location: Santa Fe, (New Mexico)
A fundamental study of a newly developed rectangular pulsed laser‐electromagnetic hybrid thruster was conducted. Laser‐ablation plasma in the thruster was induced through laser beam irradiation onto a solid target and accelerated by electrical means instead of direct acceleration only by using a laser beam. The performance of the thrusters was evaluated by measuring the mass shot and impulse bit. As results, significantly high specific impulses up to 7,200 sec were obtained at the charge energies of 8.6 J. In addition, typical thrust efficiency varied between 11.8% and 21.3% depending on the charge energy.
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