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Does pulsed plasma thruster fits my satellite?

  1. Aug 13, 2015 #1
    I don't know if it's the right place for this question, but-

    I need to create a satellite model, that after being in space, will come close to the atmosphere, and then go back up again. In its way up it need to use a pulsed thruster. (This needs to happen multiple times...)

    Does a pulsed plasma thruster fit to this kind of use? How big the tank needs to be (more or less...) to lift up a small satellite?

    Until now I've tried some thrusters but none of them suited......

    Thank you
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 13, 2015 #2
    It depends on the size of the satellite.
    You might be able to do something like you suggested with a very small one in the 5 -10kg range.
    (As long as it's not getting sufficiently close to the atmosphere that friction starts to become a problem)
  4. Aug 14, 2015 #3
    Thank you,

    If my satellite will be ine LEO (between 100 to 1200 mi), do you think it's still possible? (If the satellite goes a liitle bit under 100 mi, and then goes back up again, or is it too close?)

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