HALL EFFECT THRUSTERSHall Thrusters generate thrust by creating and accelerating ionized gas via magnetic and electrostatic fields. Busek has been a leader in Hall Thruster R&D, 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 Thruster power levels from 200 to 20,000W, a few of which are shown below. Please see data sheets for a full range of low power and high power Hall Effect Thrusters
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.