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. The primary objective was to demonstrate improved microsat maneuverability. Plume measurements and on-board diagnostics verified performance.
Assembly Test Fixture including propellant storage and feed system
BHT-200 thruster and BHC- 1500 cathode
Thruster and cathode under test in vacuum
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Launch, 16 Dec 2006 Wallops Island
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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. The primary objective was to demonstrate improved microsat maneuverability. Plume measurements and on-board diagnostics verified performance.
Thruster and cathode under test in vacuum Launch, 16 Dec 2006 Wallops Island Assembly Test Fixture including propellant storage and feed system BHT-200 thruster and BHC-1500 cathode
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