APPLIED RESEARCH ON CONTACT IONIZATION THRUSTER. VOLUME III. POWER CONDITIONING, SWITCHING, AND CONTROL SUBSYSTEMS.
Final rept. Mar 63-Mar 64,
ELECTRO-OPTICAL SYSTEMS INC PASADENA CALIF
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Analytical and experimental studies were made of power conditioning for cesium contact ion thrusters and nuclearelectric power sources in the 300 kw range. Investigations included 1 experimental determination of basic power requirements of thrusters and projected characteristics of large thrusters 2 survey and projection of the characteristics of large nuclear-electric space power systems 3 analytical studies of systems engineering problems such as environments of space, radiation tolerance of electronic parts, reliability of electronic parts, radiation shielding and transmission lines 4 preliminary design of power conditioning equipment for 300 kw system and scaling to 30 kw model. A 30 kw model of an electric propulsion system was fabricated which included development and testing of 30 kw power conditioning breadboard development and testing of electronic simulator of 30 kw thruster procurement and installing of 3200 cps, 40 kv power source to simulate nuclear turboalternator. Author