FIRST US HALL THRUSTER IN SPACE, TACSAT-2
(LAUNCHED 2006, SUCCESS)
On December 16, 2006 the AFRL TacSat-2 satellite was launched with Busek’s 200W Hall Thruster for primary propulsion.
This thruster is the first US-designed and US-built Hall thruster in space and represents a significant milestone not only for
Busek but also for the US space industry.
diagnostics verified performance.
Assembly Test Fixture
storage and feed system
BHT-200 thruster and BHC-
Thruster and cathode
under test in vacuum
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Launch, 16 Dec 2006