Radio Frequency Ion Propulsion Flow Schematic
Working Principles of RIT Technology
The radio frequency Ion thruster uses a high-frequency electromagnetic field to ionize xenon gas atoms to form a plasma containing free 'light' electrons and 'heavy' positive ions. The heavy positive ions are then accelerated by an electrostatic field before being ejected to cause thrust.
After the ions have been ejected from the thruster, electrons are added from a neutralizer. The plasma is thereby neutralized which prevents the satellite from becoming charged.
Radio Frequency Ion Thruster Family
Our family of ion thrusters provides for a range of diverse space missions with thrust levels from 50 µN through to 205mN. The portfolio comprises a family of three thrusters:
1) RIT μX
The RITμX thruster is the smallest in the range and is optimal for orbital manoeuvres of science mission requiring the highest precision. Thrust levels: 50 - 500 µN.
2) RIT 10 Evo
The RIT 10 Evo thruster is ideal for north south station keeping of GEO, LEO and MEO platforms. Thrust levels: 5mN - 15mN - 25mN.
3) RIT 2X Series
The RIT 2X Series thruster is the largest in the range and offers the best mass saving for an all electric spacecraft. Thrust levels: 80mN - 115mN - 168mN - 205mN.