Iodine Radio Frequency (RF) Ion Thruster Development

PI: Kurt Hohman, Roy Martin (Co-I), Busek Co. Inc.

Busek proposes to develop a unique miniature Radio-Frequency Ion Propulsion System where Iodine replaces the typical xenon propellant. Integration of the high density, low pressure stored Iodine greatly enhances the performance of a CubeSat propulsion system, while eliminating the hazards, and accompanying pressurized tank safety issues and stringent procedures for same. In this program we will leverage our vast experience with miniature RF ion engines and our more recent Iodine electric propulsion research.

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies

Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    NRA-2-APP-E (Aug 2013)
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    TRL 3
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 0 sRLV

Development Team

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