Thrusters (spacecraft)

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Thruster is a propulsive device used by spacecraft for station keeping, attitude control, in the reaction control system, or long-duration, low-thrust acceleration. A vernier engine or gimbal engine is a particular case used on launch vehicles where a secondary rocket or other high thrust device is used to control the attitude of the rocket while the primary thrust engine (generally also a rocket engine) is fixed to the rocket and supplies the principal amount of thrust.[1][2][3][4][5]

Some devices that are use or proposed to use as thrusters are:

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  1. ^ "Thruster". the Free Dictionary by Farlex. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  2. ^ "thruster". Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged (Hardcover) (12th ed.). HarperCollins Publishers. 2014. ISBN 9780007522743. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  3. ^ "Basics of flight: Rocket Propulsion". Rocket & Space Technology. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  4. ^ "space Propulsion Systems". Airbus Safran Launchers. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  5. ^ "Thruster". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 2016-09-21.