JPL Technical Report Server

Planned In-Space Electric Propulsion Experiments

Show simple item record Stocky, John en_US 2004-10-05T05:34:48Z 2004-10-05T05:34:48Z 1994-10-03 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Cannes, France en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 94-1197 en_US
dc.description.abstract Ion Propulsion provides an order of magnitude improvement, relative to chemical on-board propulsion systems, of specific impulse at the cost of a relatively small increase in propulsion system dry mass. For civilian space craft, ion propulsion technology provides the potential for increased performance and reduced cost for planetary spacecraft and for large satellites in geostationary orbit. For military applications ion propulsion offers significant benefits for station keeping and repositioning satellites in geostationary orbit. NASA has begun to validate ion propulsion technology for applications to which 2.5 kW to 5.0 kW ion thrusters would be appropriate. NASA's validation program, called NSTAR (NASA SEP Technology Application Readiness), consists of two major elements: a ground test element and an in-space experiment. The Ground Test Element will validate the life, integrability, and performance of low-power ion propulsion. The In-Space Element will demonstrate the ability to integrate and fly an ion propulsion system. As an experiment, it will measure the interactions between the ion propulsion system, the host spacecraft, and the surrounding space plasma; and it will provide a quantitative assessment of the ability of ground testing to replicate the in-space performance of ion thrusters. By involving industry in this program, a commercial source for this technology will be assured. Further, the successful completion of the NSTAR validation program will stimulate commercial and government (both civilian and military) uses of this technology. en_US
dc.format.extent 16777 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.other ion propulsion planetary spacecraft geostationary orbit NSTAR ground test thrusters validation commercial military civilian station keeping satellites en_US
dc.title Planned In-Space Electric Propulsion Experiments en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record



My Account