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Modern Propulsions for Aerospace-A Review

Relly Victoria Petrescu1, Raffaella Aversa2, Bilal Akash3, Ronald Bucinell4, Juan Corchado5, Antonio Apicella2 and Florian Ion Tiberiu Petrescu1
  • 1 Bucharest Polytechnic University, Romania
  • 2 Second University of Naples, Italy
  • 3 American University of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
  • 4 Union College, United States
  • 5 University of Salamanca, Spain


A spacecraft propulsion is any method used to accelerate spacecraft and artificial satellites. There are several different methods, each with advantages and disadvantages, spacecraft propulsion being an active area of research. However, most current spacecraft are propelled by forcing a gas exits through the rear of the vehicle at high speed through supersonic nozzle of a rocket engine. All spacecraft are using chemical rockets (fuel or solid fuel) to launch, although some (such as Pegasus missiles and Space Ship One) are using air jet engines in the first step. Most satellites have simple chemical thrusters (often missiles mono) or missiles resistojet to maintain orbit. Soviet bloc satellites have used electric propulsion for decades and the new Western geo-orbital spacecraft begin using electric propulsion for orbit maintenance of north-south. There is a need increasingly of more new propulsion systems, modern, technology-based.

Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology
Volume 1 No. 1, 2017, 1-8


Submitted On: 12 April 2017 Published On: 25 April 2017

How to Cite: Petrescu, R. V., Aversa, R., Akash, B., Bucinell, R., Corchado, J., Apicella, A. & Petrescu, F. I. T. (2017). Modern Propulsions for Aerospace-A Review. Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology, 1(1), 1-8.

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  • Spacecraft Propulsion
  • Chemical Rockets
  • Jet Engines
  • Satellites
  • Electric Propulsion