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FUTURE APPLICATIONS OF HALL THRUSTERS
Different Hall thrusters will have different applications in future NASA and commercial missions. More and more companies are beginning to use satellites with electric propulsion to extend the operational life of satellites and reduce launch and operation costs. This produces savings that can be passed along to consumers. Lower power Hall thruster research will extend the life and improve the performance of modern Hall thrusters. Advancements in current technology will enable more complex maneuvers, and lower cost, longer duration missions for satellites. In future missions, high-power Hall thrusters will allow large spacecraft to perform maneuvers in areas of high gravity, such as when traveling in the vicinity of a large planet. The planned Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) mission to study Jupiterís moons Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa may use Hall thrusters for transfer maneuvers into and out of orbit around Jupiterís moons. With new high-power, high-velocity Hall thrusters, many new missions that are not possible with current technology may be brought within our reach. Hall thrusters will provide safe, reliable, and efficient space propulsion in.
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