Accession Number : ADA532239


Title :   Implementations Strategies for In-Space Macron Propulsion


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : COLORADO UNIV AT COLORADO SPRINGS


Personal Author(s) : Schonig, Jacob A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a532239.pdf


Report Date : 06 Oct 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 98


Abstract : A Macron Launched Propulsion (MLP) system has been derived from electric propulsion technology to provide the ability to accelerate macrons (i.e. a macroscopic particle with an approximate mass of 1 gram) as a means of thrust for in-space propulsion. Macron propulsion technology can potentially accelerate macrons to speeds upwards of 10km/s with a corresponding specific impulse (Isp) of 1,000s and a thrust of 10N. The data presented in this paper outlines the performance parameters of a MLP system and serves as a guide for spacecraft operators to effectively implement and utilize a macron propulsion system. All spacecraft propulsion systems have the potential to adversely impact the space environment. The research conducted within the study supports the claim that a macron propulsion system's level of impact on the space environment is no greater than current operational propulsion methods. If implemented in the most precautious manner, a macron propulsion system is theoretically capable of operating in the space environment with a near zero level of impact. Macron propulsion technology has numerous distinct performance parameters and the potential to be implemented as a primary in-space propulsion system capable of conducting numerous orbital maneuvering scenarios with minimal space environment impact.


Descriptors :   *SPACE ENVIRONMENTS , *ELECTRIC PROPULSION , *SPACE PROPULSION , *SPACECRAFT , LAUNCHING , DATA ACQUISITION , THRUST , SPECIFIC IMPULSE , THESES , IMPACT , MANEUVERABILITY , ORBITS , PROPULSION SYSTEMS


Subject Categories : Electric and Ion Propulsion
      Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE