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An Array of Nitrogen Producing Cells for Microthrusters

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Kyle A. Godin, Po-Hao A. Huang

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Paper No. IMECE2010-40454, pp. 887-889; 3 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Micro and Nano Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4447-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Presented here is a method for selectively depositing solid sodium azide (NaN3 ) upon a substrate. An array of nitrogen producing cells fabricated using this method can be sequentially activated to produce small quanta of nitrogen gas. This is of interest in creating microscale thrusters for positioning and aligning pico-, nano-, and micro-satellites, which require minimum thrust impulses on the order of 10μN·s and thrust levels of 1–10mN. A 1cm × 1cm thruster chip is expected to provide 34mN·s of thrust impulse.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Nitrogen



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