Applying Flywheel Energy Storage to Solar Electric Orbital Transfers.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This study investigated the application of flywheel energy storage to minimum time, constant thrust orbital maneuvers using electric propulsion. The advantages of using stored energy to continue electric thruster operations while in eclipse were explored. The boundary value problems for several schemes of energy use were examined, and numerical solutions were found. Results of simulations utilizing energy storage were compared to results without energy storage. Schemes incorporating energy storage were found to have advantages in terms of propellant mass used, time spent in transit, and deliverable payload.
- Energy Storage
- Electric and Ion Propulsion
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry