Accession Number:

ADA224201

Title:

Development of the Electric Vehicle Analyzer

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Aug 1986-Dec 1988

Corporate Author:

EDWARDS AFB CA

Report Date:

1990-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The increasing technological maturity of high power 20 kW electric propulsion devices has led to renewed interest in their use as a means of efficiently transferring payloads between earth orbits. Several systems and architecture studies have identified the potential cost benefits of high performance Electric Orbital Transfer Vehicles EOTVs. These studies led to the initiation of the Electric Insertion Transfer Experiment ELITE in 1988. Managed by the Astronautics Laboratory, ELITE is a flight experiment designed to sufficiently demonstrate key technologies and options to pave the way for the full-scale development of an operational EOTV. An important consideration in the development of the ELITE program is the capability of available analytical tools to simulate the orbital mechanics of a low thrust, electric propulsion transfer vehicle. These tools are necessary not only for ELITE mission planning exercises but also for continued, efficient, accurate evaluation of DoD space transportation architectures which include EOTVs. This paper presents such a tool the Electric Vehicle Analyzer EVA.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE