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Thermal development test of the NEXT PM1 ION engine

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dc.contributor.author Anderson, John R.
dc.contributor.author Snyder, John Steven
dc.contributor.author Van Noord, Jonathan L.
dc.contributor.author Soulas, George C.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-19T20:46:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-19T20:46:09Z
dc.date.issued 2007-07-08
dc.identifier.citation 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 8-11, 2007. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 07-1803
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/41288
dc.description.abstract NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) is a next-generation high-power ion thruster under development by NASA as a part of the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program. NEXT is designed for use on robotic exploration missions of the solar system using solar electric power. Potential mission destinations that could benefit from a NEXT Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system include inner planets, small bodies, and outer planets and their moons. This range of robotic exploration missions generally calls for ion propulsion systems with deep throttling capability and system input power ranging from 0.6 to 25 kW, as referenced to solar array output at 1 Astronomical Unit (AU). Thermal development testing of the NEXT prototype model 1 (PM1) was conducted at JPL to assist in developing and validating a thruster thermal model and assessing the thermal design margins. NEXT PM1 performance prior to, during and subsequent to thermal testing are presented. Test results are compared to the predicted hot and cold environments expected missions and the functionality of the thruster for these missions is discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2007. en_US
dc.subject ion thruster en_US
dc.subject thermal testing en_US
dc.subject NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) en_US
dc.title Thermal development test of the NEXT PM1 ION engine en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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