DARPA/MTO/MEMS
Digital Micro-Propulsion Project

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Digital Micro-Thruster Chip


THE DIGITAL PROPULSION "ROCKET CHIP" consists of several layers of silicon and glass packaged in a standard 20-pin ceramic dual-inline electronics package. This prototype contains 15 individual thrusters, in the central 3 by 5 array. The visible bond wires are connected to resistors in each thruster that initiate combustion of the lead styphnate fuel.

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Last Updated Fri Aug 28 10:29:55 PDT 1998