Accession Number:

AD0772133

Title:

A Flight Qualified Pulsed Electric Thruster for Satellite Control.

Descriptive Note:

Meeting speech article,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-10-31

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

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

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE