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Abstract

A thruster for use with an external power supply. The thruster includes a propellant that exists in a non-gaseous state at standard temperature and pressure and has a melting point Tm, a boiling point Tb, and an evaporation rate. The thruster further includes a reservoir adapted to house the propellant and selectively heated to a temperature greater than Tm and less than Tb, and a power control mechanism positioned to control the amount of power from the external power supply being deposited into the reservoir to control the evaporation rate of the propellant.

Patent Number

7,059,111

Assignee

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI (US)

Application Number

10/693,127

Date Filed

10-24-2003

Certificate of Correction

No

Issue Date

6-13-2006

Disciplines

Engineering

Thruster apparatus and method

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