thruster

noun
thrust·​er | \ ˈthrə-stər How to pronounce thruster (audio) \
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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Tajmar and his team hoped that changing the orientation of the thruster helped address that issue. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Mythical Form of Space Propulsion Finally Gets a Real Test," 5 June 2019 The vacuum of space, largely devoid of molecules, makes the European Space Agency's new efforts to build an air-breathing thruster a significant challenge. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "ESA Is Building an Air Breathing Space Thruster For Satellites," 7 Mar. 2018 The LA Times reported that the flaw in a circuit board providing guidance to the thrusters could have been responsible for the failure of a January 2016 missile defense test. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Claims Success in New Missile Defense Test," 26 Mar. 2019 About a mile above Mars, InSight will let go of the parachute and turn on some thrusters. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is landing on Mars for the first time since 2012. You can watch!," 23 Nov. 2018 Since the last mission to Tiangong-1 in 2013, China continued to monitor the space station and adjust its orbits with onboard thrusters. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Burns Up Over the Pacific Ocean," 2 Apr. 2018 Dumbbell thruster Skater hop Lateral to forward raise Rest 1 minute. Amy Marturana, SELF, "25-Minute Total-Body Dumbbell Workout," 8 Mar. 2019 The flight route, zipping past the moon as closely as possible and turning around to do it again, requires many thruster burns at precise times. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Things We Learned From SpaceX's Moon Tourist Announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 But first, a Phase Four thruster has to make it into space. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Plasma Thrusters Are About To Have Their Moment," 30 Aug. 2018

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1597, in the meaning defined above

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