1 one who intrudes or pushes himself forward [syn: pusher]
2 a small rocket engine that provides the thrust needed to maneuver a spacecraft
EtymologyThe surfboard sense was coined by Simon Anderson, who created the design in 1980. The name was almost immediately applied generically to any surfboard with that fin design, not just boards made by him. (He never patented the design or trademarked the name.)
- Rhymes: -ʌstə(r)
A thruster is a small propulsive device used by spacecraft and watercraft for station keeping, attitude control, or long duration low thrust acceleration.
Thruster (surfing) is a surfboard fin design.
- Electrohydrodynamic thruster, using ionized air (only for use in an atmosphere)
- Electrostatic ion thruster, using high-voltage electrodes
- Hall effect thruster, type of ion thruster
- Ion thruster, beams of ions accelerated electrically
- Magnetoplasmadynamic thruster, electric propulsion using the Lorentz force
- Electrodeless plasma thruster, electric propulsion using ponderomotive force
- Pulsed inductive thruster, a pulsed form of ion thruster
- Pulsed plasma thruster, current arced across a solid propellant