Development and Testing of a 3-D-Printed Cold Gas Thruster for an Interplanetary CubeSat

dc.contributor.author Lightsey, E. Glenn
dc.contributor.author Stevenson, Terry
dc.contributor.author Sorgenfrei, Matthew
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Aerospace Engineering en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-24T20:27:48Z
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dc.date.issued 2018-03
dc.description © Copyright 2018 IEEE en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper describes the development and testing of a cold gas attitude control thruster produced for the BioSentinel spacecraft, a CubeSat that will operate beyond Earth orbit. The thruster will reduce the spacecraft rotational velocity after deployment, and for the remainder of the mission it will periodically unload momentum from the reaction wheels. The majority of the thruster is a single piece of 3-D-printed additive material which incorporates the propellant tanks, feed pipes, and nozzles. Combining these elements allows for more efficient use of the available volume and reduces the potential for leaks. The system uses a high-density commercial refrigerant as the propellant, due to its high volumetric impulse efficiency, as well as low toxicity and low storage pressure. Two engineering development units and one flight unit have been produced for the BioSentinel mission. The design, development, and test campaign for the thruster system is presented. en_US
dc.identifier.citation E. Glenn Lightsey, T. Stevenson and M. Sorgenfrei, "Development and Testing of a 3-D-Printed Cold Gas Thruster for an Interplanetary CubeSat," in Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 106, no. 3, pp. 379-390, March 2018, doi: 10.1109/JPROC.2018.2799898. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1109/JPROC.2018.2799898 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/62967
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.subject CubeSat en_US
dc.subject Spacecraft en_US
dc.subject Propulsion en_US
dc.subject Interplanetary en_US
dc.title Development and Testing of a 3-D-Printed Cold Gas Thruster for an Interplanetary CubeSat en_US
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local.contributor.author Lightsey, E. Glenn
local.contributor.corporatename Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
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