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300-kW solar electric propulsion system configuration for human exploration of near-earth asteroids

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dc.contributor.author Brophy, John R.
dc.contributor.author Robert Gershman, Robert
dc.contributor.author Nathan Strange, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Landau, Damon
dc.contributor.author Merrill, Raymond Gabriel
dc.contributor.author Kerslake, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-24T22:23:07Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-24T22:23:07Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-31
dc.identifier.citation 47th AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference, San Diego, California, July 31-August 3, 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 11-2964
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45034
dc.description.abstract The use of Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) can provide significant benefits for the human exploration of near-Earth asteroids. These benefits include substantial cost savings – represented by a significant reduction in the mass required to be lifted to low Earth orbit – and increased mission flexibility. To achieve these benefits, system power levels of 100’s of kW are necessary along with the capability to store and process tens of thousands of kilograms of xenon propellant. The paper presents a conceptual design of a 300-kW SEP vehicle, with the capability to store nearly 40,000 kg of xenon, to support human missions to near-Earth asteroids. 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, 2011 en_US
dc.subject SEP en_US
dc.subject high-power en_US
dc.subject Hall thrusters en_US
dc.title 300-kW solar electric propulsion system configuration for human exploration of near-earth asteroids en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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