BIT-7

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Busek’s ion thrusters utilize an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source and eliminates the use of internal cathode (life-limiting factor in DC ion engines). Busek’s thruster have been designed to use xenon propellant, but are compatible with a wide range of propellant choices, including argon, hydrogen, iodine, nitrogen, and helium gas. Key advantages include fast start-up and rapid thrust response to the input RF power. Busek is also currently developing high-efficiency RF power supply to couple with the thrusters.

Overview
NameBIT-7
ManufacturerBusek
SubsystemPropulsion
ClassificationElectric Propulsion Thruster
Sub-classificationRadio Frequency Ion Thruster
Form FactorSmallSat
Vendor Overview
Vendor NameBusek
Vendor Websitehttp://www.busek.com/index.htm
Vendor LocationUnited States
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    SPECIFICATIONS
    SubsystemPropulsion
    ClassificationElectric Propulsion Thruster
    Form FactorSmallSat
    VendorBusek
    HeritageN/A
    Nominal Power460.0 W

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