Prototype Cesium Bombardment System.
Final rept. Jul 69-May 70
XEROX ELECTRO-OPTICAL SYSTEMS PASADENA CA
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The report covers the development of a one-millipound thrust cesium bombardment ion engine system suitable for demonstrating north-south stationkeeping on the ATS-F earth-synchronous satellite for a period of one year. The program began with the development of a suitable ion thruster and proceeded through the design, fabrication, and testing system, packaged in the configuration specified for integration on the satellite. A series of tests, verifying conformance to program specifications are described and data reported.
- Electric and Ion Propulsion