MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONSBusek has studied various Hall Thruster configurations including (from L:R) circular, clustered, racetrack and nested.
MULTIPLE PROPELLANTSBusek has used hall effect thrusters to create plasmas composed of various elements / propellants (shown at right). These plasma sources are used in studies of general plasma properties as well as space applications, such as in-situ research utilization for interplanetary missions.
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Hall Thrusters generate thrust by creating and accelerating ionized gas via magnetic and electrostatic fields. Busek is a leader in hall thruster development, culminating in the flight of the first US-based hall thruster on TacSat-2 and recent launch of FalconSat-5. Busek has developed numerous hall thrusters, each of which are capable of a range of power and thrust levels.Busek produces a range of hall thrusters with power levels from 100 to 20,000W as shown below. See data sheets for a full range of low power and high power hall effect thrusters.