Nozzle fabrication for micropropulsion of a microsatellite


Louwerse, M.C. and Jansen, H.V. and Groenendijk, M.N.W. and Elwenspoek, M.C. (2009) Nozzle fabrication for micropropulsion of a microsatellite. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 19 (4). pp. 1-9. ISSN 0960-1317

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Abstract:To enable formation flying of microsatellites, small sized propulsion systems are required. Our research focuses on the miniaturization of a feeding and thruster system by means of microsystem technology (MST). Three fabrication methods have been investigated to make a conical converging–diverging nozzle. These methods are deep reactive ion etching (DRIE), femtosecond laser machining (FLM) and a combination of powderblasting and heat treatment. It is shown that the latter two methods are very promising.
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