Satellite Propulsion System Analysis
Final rept. Oct 1970-Jun 1971
AIR FORCE ROCKET PROPULSION LAB EDWARDS AFB CA
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Propulsion systems were studied for post-1975 geosynchronous satellites that have stringent attitude and station maintenance requirements with mission durations of up to 10 years. Systems using catalytic monopropellant, nuclear-thermal monopropellant, chemical bipropellants and electric thrusters were studied and ranked according to several analysis areas which included propulsion system weight, system reliability and costs. Areas requiring further technology development are recommended on the basis of system rankings.
- Electric and Ion Propulsion
- Unmanned Spacecraft