Rider is an off-the-shelf plasma engine for low-power small satellites. Rider does not require anodes, cathodes, or high voltage electronics since it uses radio frequency waves to ionize and heat xenon plasma. Magnetic fields direct the plasma out of the engine nozzle to produce thrust.
Rider includes a thruster and a support module. The integrated support module contains power processing, propellant storage and management, and thruster control. The thruster and support module are connected by an umbilical and do not need to be co-located in the satellite.
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Last updated: 2018-11-05