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    AstroWill
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      Hey team, this is Will. I have experience in chemical (hybrid, liquid bi-prop) and electric (hall thrusters). I did Space Engineering at York University and am currently at Memorial University. I’m working on electric propulsion for my MENG.

      Anyone interested in propulsion reach out to me at [email protected]

      Also here is a great overview paper on space propulsion. Great starting material.

      An Overview of Cube-Satellite Propulsion Technologies and Trends
      Akshay Reddy Tummala and Atri Dutta
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sANVxC03CTSLGUcbeUtuIQkErw92GAvK/view?usp=sharing

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      damongogul
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        Hi AstroWill! Great to make your acquaintance. Thank you for the link.
        What kind of thrust range are you looking at for your work? One of the challenges I faced in the past was finding a way to accurately measure thrust while in vacuum. Electric propulsion is a special case since the thrust-to-weight ratio can often prohibit you from simply thrusting into a scale – the resolution might not be precise enough. It’s possible to get away with it if accuracy isn’t your main concern, though.

        The pendulum approach has worked for a few people (it worked for me with a 1-10 mN thrust range), but you need to get a handle on your heat dissipation or it will warp the measurements, especially for long-duration testing.
        Check out Brett Tartler’s work at https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/59568

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