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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Eventually, the lander will ignite onboard thrusters, which will lower the vehicle to the ground. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch NASA engineers track the harrowing landing of a spacecraft on Mars today," 26 Nov. 2018 Upon landing, the thrusters must immediately turn off. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is landing on Mars for the first time since 2012. You can watch!," 23 Nov. 2018 In addition to the parachute system, the landing module will be fitted with an aero-braking heat shield, a damping system and breaking thrusters, which will eventually place the module onto the surface. Tereza Pultarova,, "The Largest Parachute Ever Built for Mars Aces Its First Test," 16 May 2018 BepiColombo is equipped with ion thrusters, which propel spacecraft by accelerating ions with electricity. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Two spacecraft are embarking on a seven-year journey to decode Mercury’s mysteries," 19 Oct. 2018 Therefore, a panel split vertically between white and black gets greater force pushing its top than its bottom, rotating it about its center of gravity and reorienting it in orbit—without using thrusters or fuel. Bobak Ferdowsi, Popular Mechanics, "Why I Want To Put a Kindle in Space," 9 Aug. 2018 SpaceX installed on-board thrusters and a guidance system to help steer the fairing through the atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "This is what a payload fairing looks like as it returns from space," 2 May 2018 With enough warning, spacecraft can use onboard thrusters to get out of the way of a piece of space junk. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Space Fence' Will Spot Space Junk, Small Sats, and Orbital Weapons," 16 Apr. 2018 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

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1597, in the meaning defined above

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