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.

Camila satellite engine 

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.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Israel's leading science and technology university.  Home to the country's winners of the Nobel Prize in science, it commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, computer science, biotechnology, water-resource management, materials engineering, aerospace and medicine.  The majority of the founders and managers of Israel's high-tech companies are alumni. Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) is the leading American organization supporting higher education in Israel, with offices around the country.


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