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Xenon/Krypton Facility

The Xenon/Krypton facility is a cryogenically pumped vacuum chamber ideal for testing Hall effect thrusters up to 2 kWs.

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Condensable Propellant Facility

The condensable propellant facility is a turbomolecular pumped vacuum chamber ideal for testing condensable propellant hall effect thrusters up to 20 kWs in size.

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Micropropulsion Facility 1 (Ultra-High Vacuum)

Micropropulsion Facility 1 is a 0.5-meter -diameter by 0.5-meter-long stainless-steel chamber capable of pressures as low as 1×10-11 Torr. This facility is ideal for testing micro-scale electrospray emission sources.

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Micropropulsion Facility 2

Micropropulsion Facility 2 is a 0.42-meter -diameter by 0.4-meter-long stainless-steel chamber capable of pressures as low as 1×10-8 Torr. The design of this chamber makes it ideal for testing electrospray thrusters.

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High Magnification Imaging Setup

The resolution of this imaging setup and obtainable silhouette images makes this system ideal for observing and detecting meniscus profiles of electrospray emission sources.

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Milli-Newton Thrust Stand

The milli-newton thrust stand is an inverted-pendulum, null-displacement thrust stand based on the NASA-Glenn design. The thrust stand is capable of resolving thrust as small as 1mN.

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Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer

The TOF spectrometer is a unique and custom instrument dedicated to electrospray propulsion research. The device combines an electrostatic energy analyzer with a TOF mass-to-charge detector to provide full energy and mass spectral diagnostics of electrospray beams.

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Spacecraft Clean Assembly Area

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