Accession Number:

AD0766596

Title:

The RAE 1.5m Diameter Ion Thruster Life Test Facility.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

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

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE