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Technion Researchers Develop Faster, Smarter Rocket Engine
Researchers from the Technion's Asher Space Institute have developed a new design for a rocket engine that allows small satellites for space missions to consume less fuel and operate more efficiently. The engine, called CAMILA (an acronym for co-axial Magneto Isolated Longitudinal Anode) is intended for the Israeli satellite industry.
The CAMILA engine employs several innovations, including a revolutionary fuel delivery design that propels the engine significantly faster. This new process also uses less fuel, thus increasing engine efficiency. The impact will be reduced size, weight and cost of small satellites.
The innovative engine was invented by Dr. Alexander Kapulkin of the Asher Space Research Institute. Dr. Kapulkin, who earned his PhD with the father of electric rockets, Professor Alexei Morozov of the Atomic Energy Institute in Moscow, is the former head of the Physics and Engineering Laboratory and professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukraine. He joined the Technion in 2000.
The Technion’s Asher Space Research Institute has established a special laboratory for electric propulsion, which deals with developing these engines.