Thrust performance and stable operation conditions of an anode layer type Hall thruster was investigated using a 1.5kW class anode layer type Hall thruster. The thrust efficiency reached at 53% with the specific impulse of 2,000s, which are competitive with these of SPT-100 thrusters. Anode shape and axial position of the anode were changed. Stability of the discharge was found sensitive to the anode configuration and applied magnetic flux density.
2003 The Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences