A Ground-Test Facility for High-Power Electric Thrusters Operating on Condensible Propellants
Final rept. 1 May 2003-Apr 30 2004
MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIV HOUGHTON DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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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.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Rocket Propellants