Accession Number:

ADA426679

Title:

A Ground-Test Facility for High-Power Electric Thrusters Operating on Condensible Propellants

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 May 2003-Apr 30 2004

Corporate Author:

MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIV HOUGHTON DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING MECHANICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Work reported here resulted in the design and fabrication of a space-simulation facility used to test electric thrusters for spacecraft. The facility was specifically designed to accommodate thrusters using condensable metal propellants such as bismuth. Apparatus includes a large 2-m x 4-m vacuum vessel evacuated through three 2,000-liter-per-second turbomolecular pumps, a 20-kW DC power supply, a remote translation system, and computer data acquisition center.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE