Accession Number:

ADA459560

Title:

The USAF Electric Propulsion Research Program (Postprint)

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA PROPULSION DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

2000-07-14

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

An overview of the current electric propulsion research and development efforts within the United States Air Force is presented. The Air Force supports electric propulsion primarily through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research AFOSR, the Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL and the AFOSR European Office of Aerospace Research and Development EOARD. Overall direction for the programs comes from Air Force Space Command AFSPC, with AFRL mission analysis used to define specific technological advances needed to meet the AFSPC mission priorities. AFOSR funds basic research in electric propulsion throughout the country in both academia and industry. The AFRL Propulsion Directorate conducts electric propulsion efforts in basic research, engineering development, and space flight experiments. EOARD supports research at European laboratories that will directly feed into the AFOSR and AFRL research programs. Current research programs are well grouped into three categories defined by the thruster power level. All three agencies are currently focusing their research at the low-power regime, in support of the emerging AF microsatellite missions. Emphasis on research in the mid-power range 500W to 5kW is diminishing with the near-term conclusion of the 4.5 kW HPHS Hall thruster development program, and the high degree of commercialization in this power range. The high power regime P3kW is realizing increased emphasis through such programs as a collaborative AFRL research effort with industry.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE