Preliminary design of an ion thruster. The activities include a literature study to identify the parts that make this system, the thruster magnetic circuit and the materials to be used, the design of the components using CATIA software, the analysis of the magnetic field configuration with FEMM software, the validation of the results obtained, based on existing MiXI thrusters’ studies, and finally, a market study to assess where and for what price the thruster parts could be purchased.

University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal