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Micromachined Electrospray Thrusters for Spacecraft Propulsion


Micromachined Electrospray Thrusters for Spacecraft Propulsion
  • Author : Renato Krpoun
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2009
  • ISBN : OCLC:428225382
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Microfabricated Electrospray Thrusters for a Modular Spacecraft Propulsion System


Microfabricated Electrospray Thrusters for a Modular Spacecraft Propulsion System
  • Author : Simon Dandavino
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2014
  • ISBN : OCLC:898253610
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Design and Analysis of a Stage based Electrospray Propulsion System for CubeSats


Design and Analysis of a Stage based Electrospray Propulsion System for CubeSats
  • Author : Oliver Jia-Richards
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2019
  • ISBN : OCLC:1121263553
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The standardization of small spacecraft through CubeSats has allowed for more affordable space exploration. This progress in affordability has been limited to Earth orbit due in part to the lack of high [delta]V propulsion systems that are compatible with the small form factor. The ion Electrospray Propulsion System developed at the Space Propulsion Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a promising technology foundation for a compact, high [delta]V propulsion system. However, the [delta]V output of the propulsion system is limited by the lifetime of individual electrospray thrusters. This thesis presents the design and analysis of a stage-based concept for the ion Electrospray Propulsion System where the propulsion system is composed of a stack of electrospray thruster arrays. The stage-based propulsion system bypasses the lifetime limit of individual electrospray thrusters in order to increase the lifetime of the entire propulsion system. In effect, propulsion capabilities for CubeSats can be advanced without the need for technological developments. With the current performance metrics of the ion Electrospray Propulsion System, deep-space missions with an initial spacecraft form factor of a 3U CubeSat are feasible with current propulsion technology. Mechanisms required for the stage-based system are designed and demonstrated in a vacuum environment. In addition, analytical methodologies for the analysis of stage-based propulsion systems are developed to assist in preliminary mission design as well as provide the framework for autonomous decision making. Finally, applications of a stage-based propulsion system for missions to near-Earth asteroids are explored as well as analytical guidance for the escape trajectory.

Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion


Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion
  • Author : Dan M. Goebel
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2008-12-22
  • ISBN : 0470436263
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Throughout most of the twentieth century, electric propulsion was considered the technology of the future. Now, the future has arrived. This important new book explains the fundamentals of electric propulsion for spacecraft and describes in detail the physics and characteristics of the two major electric thrusters in use today, ion and Hall thrusters. The authors provide an introduction to plasma physics in order to allow readers to understand the models and derivations used in determining electric thruster performance. They then go on to present detailed explanations of: Thruster principles Ion thruster plasma generators and accelerator grids Hollow cathodes Hall thrusters Ion and Hall thruster plumes Flight ion and Hall thrusters Based largely on research and development performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and complemented with scores of tables, figures, homework problems, and references, Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion: Ion and Hall Thrusters is an indispensable textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to enter the aerospace industry. It also serves as an equally valuable resource for professional engineers already at work in the field.

Technology for Small Spacecraft


Technology for Small Spacecraft
  • Author : National Research Council
  • Publisher : National Academies Press
  • Release : 1994-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780309083638
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book reviews the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) small spacecraft technology development. Included are assessments of NASA's technology priorities for relevance to small spacecraft and identification of technology gaps and overlaps. The volume also examines the small spacecraft technology programs of other government agencies and assesses technology efforts in industry.