13 September 2002 Reduction in ignition energy for single-shot microthrusters using pulsedlaser excitation
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Proceedings Volume 4760, High-Power Laser Ablation IV; (2002) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.482144
Event: International Symposium on High-Power Laser Ablation 2002, 2002, Taos, New Mexico, United States
An experiment has been conducted to compare the ignition energy of an existing digital thruster design between a pulsed electrical and laser excitations. A 355nm Nd-YAG pulsed laser is used to ignite the stored lead styphnate propellant charge. Given the device design, roughly 800 μJ is necessary to ignite a 180 μg charge volume with a 90% probability of ignition. This energy value is considered an upper limit. Under equivalent conditions, roughly 2.4mJ of electrical energy is required to ignite the same volume. The digital thruster concept is one approach to provide a valveless, slap-on propulsion capability for small (1kg mass class) and large satellites (1000kg mass class) to help maintain attitude or control the damping of low frequency oscillations in extended surfaces.
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William W. Hansen, William W. Hansen, Siegfried W. Janson, Siegfried W. Janson, Henry Helvajian, Henry Helvajian, "Reduction in ignition energy for single-shot microthrusters using pulsedlaser excitation", Proc. SPIE 4760, High-Power Laser Ablation IV, (13 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.482144; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.482144

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