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Vacuum-Arc-Thruster - demonstration and proof of drive through VAT technology in space

Chief researcher: Dr. Igal Kronhaus
Partners: Space Plasmatics

The experimental system is a propulsion module for miniature satellites, enabling maneuvering capabilities in space. The propulsion module is based on electric arc propulsion with a snail-feed system (ISF-VAT), which has been developed over the past six years in the Asher Space Research Institute and is being commercialized by Space Plasmatics. The experiment is the first space-based demonstration of this motor.

The experiment is going to take place outside the International Space Station, inside the MISSE facility, which belongs to the Alpha Space Company. The experiment will include running the motor for 24 hours. The data collected will include video images of the engine’s tailpipe fire and also power and temperature measurements. At the end of the experiment, the propulsion module will be brought back to Earth to be examined in the laboratory.

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