A Flight Qualified Pulsed Electric Thruster for Satellite Control.
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MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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A solid fuel pulsed plasma thruster PPT has been designed, built and flight qualified for the LES-89 program due to be launched in March 1975. The satellite attitude control system will contain six PPTs for orbit acquisition, east-west stationkeeping, three-axis attitude control and station changes. Each thruster has fuel for 2650 lb-s total impulse and at 25 w generates 69 micropounds thrust at 1100 s specific impulse. A prototype thruster has passed flight qualification shock and vibration tests and operational lifetime. Modified author abstract
- Electric and Ion Propulsion
- Unmanned Spacecraft