HALL EFFECT THRUSTERS
Hall Thrusters generate thrust by creating and accelerating ionized gas via magnetic and
electrostatic fields. For 15 years Busek has been a leader in Hall Thruster R&D, culminating in
the flight of the first US-based Hall Thruster on TacSat-2 and recent launch of FalconSat-5.
Busek has developed numerous Hall Thrusters, each of which are capable of a range of power
and thrust levels. Nominal values for some of these thrusters are presented in the table below.
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Busek has studied various Hall
Thruster configurations including
(from L:R) circular, clustered,
racetrack and nested.
Busek has used hall effect thrusters
to create plasmas composed of
various elements / propellants
(shown at right). These plasma
sources are used in studies of
general plasma properties as well
as space applications, such as in-
situ research utilization for