Accession Number:

AD0735721

Title:

Pulsed Electromagnetic Thruster.

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

TRW SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

77.0

Abstract:

A pulsed inductive plasma thruster has been developed and its performance investigated experimentally. The thruster uses a 20 cm diameter coil through which current is pulsed by discharging a capacitor through a spark gap. Gaseous propellant is injected by a fast acting valve having a total open time of 200 microseconds. The mass utilization factor for this injector was 70 percent. The efficiencies determined by a thrust balance were lower than anticipated because of a large resistive dissipation. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE