Micro Newton Thruster Development

Direct Thrust Measurements and Thruster Downscaling

  • Franz Georg Hey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
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  5. Franz Georg Hey
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-171

About this book


Franz Georg Hey summarises the development and testing of a micro-Newton thrust balance, as well as the downscaling of a High Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster to micro-Newton thrust levels. The balance is tailored to fully characterise thruster candidates for the space based gravitational wave detector LISA. Thus, thrust noise measurements in sub-micro-Newton regime can be performed in the overall LISA bandwidth. The downscaled thruster can be operated down to serval tens of micro-Newton with a comparably high specific impulse.

  • Electric Propulsion Fundamentals: Thrust Measurement Fundamentals, HEMPT Physics
  • Micro-Newton Thruster Test Facility Development
  • Micro-Newton Thrust Balance Development
  • High Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster Downscaling
Target Groups
  • Scientists and students in the field of aerospace research
  • Satellite and thruster integrators, electric propulsion and gravitational wave detector community
About the Author
Franz Georg Hey works as mechanical, thermal, propulsion architect and technical lead of the micro Newton propulsion laboratory of Europe’s leading air and spacecraft manufacturer. The author is participating on major programmes for future satellite and electric propulsion development. The author’s research is performed in close collaboration with the Dresden University of Technology, the University of Bremen and the DLR Bremen.


Micro Newton Thruster Micro-Newton Thrust Measurement Thrust Noise Characterisation Electric Propulsion High Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster Cusp Field Thruster Aerospace Gravitational Waves Satellite Propulsion LISA measurement band HEMPT Gravitational Wave Detector Satellite and Thruster Integrators Formation Flying Thrust Noise Characterization

Authors and affiliations

  • Franz Georg Hey
    • 1
  1. 1.Future ProgrammesAirbus Defence & Space GmbHFriedrichshafenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-21208-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-21209-4
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