Digital Micro-Propulsion Project

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Digital Micro-Thruster Chip

THE DIGITAL PROPULSION "ROCKET CHIP" consists of a three-layer sandwich of silicon and glass. packaged in a standard 24-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 Apr 9 17:03:38 PDT 1999