The RAE 1.5m Diameter Ion Thruster Life Test Facility.
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
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The Royal Aircraft Establishment ion thruster long life test facility using a 1.5m diameter by 3.5m long vacuum chamber is described. The results of work indicating enhanced pumping when a titanium target is used are described and it is shown how this mechanism can be exploited to avoid the use of diffusion pumps during a prolonged test. The power supplies and data handling are also briefly described. Author
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Electric and Ion Propulsion