thruster

noun
thrust·er | \ˈthrə-stər \
variants: or less commonly thrustor

Definition of thruster 

: one that thrusts especially : an engine (such as a jet engine) that develops thrust by expelling a jet of fluid or a stream of particles

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Relativity's cofounder, Jordan Noone, worked at SpaceX on the SuperDraco thruster program used for the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Relativity Space reveals its ambitions with big NASA deal," 21 Mar. 2018 Last week, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced bold plans to combine the technologies of his two biggest companies by placing rocket thrusters on future specialized models of Tesla’s Roadster. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster," 16 June 2018 Cold gas thrusters can get to a specific impulse of about 70 seconds. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster," 16 June 2018 An engineering student with four children and who built a basic ion thruster for satellites for fun, Healy used the work to cover his bills while taking classes. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 Traditional propeller thrusters tend to emit acoustic noise in marine environment. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "How Robot Stingrays Could One Day Sink a Battleship," 3 May 2018 Transportation Department spokeswoman Aurah Landau says the Columbia needed significant repairs that required the manufacturing of new bow thruster exhaust system components. Anchorage Daily News, "Repairs keep Alaska ferry out of service for second week," 7 July 2018 One company, in Charlestown, makes tiny rocket thrusters. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "New England stakes its claim in New Space," 2 July 2018 Based in the old Schrafft’s candy factory in Charlestown, Accion makes very small ion thrusters that help steer and control small satellites. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "New England stakes its claim in New Space," 2 July 2018

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1597, in the meaning defined above

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