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Test Stand Firing

August 4, 1998

FIRING THE MICRO-THRUSTER produces, in this early prototype, 0.1 mN of impulse and 100 W of power. The thrust plume is visible to the right of the chip. This series of images was acquired at 4,500 frames per second.
t = -0.44 msec
t = -0.22 msec
t = 0.00 msec
t = +0.22 msec
t = +0.44 msec
t = +0.67 msec
t = +0.89 msec
t = +1.11 msec
t = +1.33 msec
t = +1.55 msec
t = +1.78 msec
t = +2.00 msec

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