Tuesday, May 10, 2005

DARPA Demonstrates Dramatic MicroThruster Breakthrough

Despite a thrust chamber only 4mm on a side the new microthrusters are capable of generating 40 milli-Newton seconds of impulse by combusting 35 milligrams of propellant, primarily composed of black powder. The new microthruster were developed by Tanner Research of Pasadena, CA with funding from DARPA. They are designed for use in small satellites, micro air vehicles and guided munitions.