A colloid thruster (or "electrospray thruster") is a type of low thrust electric propulsionrocket engine that uses electrostatic acceleration of charged liquid droplets for propulsion. In a colloid thruster, charged liquid droplets are produced by an electrospray process and then accelerated by a static electric field. The liquid used for this application tends to be a low-volatility ionic liquid.
Like other ion thrusters, its benefits include high efficiency, thrust density, and specific impulse; however it has very low total thrust, on the order of micronewtons. It could provide very fine attitude control or efficient acceleration of small spacecraft over long periods of time.