arc-jet engine

arc-jet engine

 (ärk′jĕt′)
n.
A rocket engine that operates by heating the propellant gas with an electric arc.
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The group employs an arc-jet engine in a chemical vapor deposition method involving plasmas of either methane and hydrogen or acetylene and hydrogen.