Accession Number:

ADA517682

Title:

Review of the Electric Propulsion Space Experiment (ESEX) Program (Postprint)

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratorys Electric Propulsion Space Experiment was launched and successfully operated on the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite, demonstrating the compatibility and readiness of high-power electric propulsion. This flight was the culmination of an Air Force technology program to demonstrate the applicability of high-power electric propulsion for satellite applications. A brief history of the program is presented, followed by a description of the flight operations, which successfully demonstrated the critical system components, the arcjet, power processor, and propellant feed system, verifying the interoperability of high-power electric propulsion with satellite operations. The two anomalies experienced during on-orbit operations, and their proposed causes, are also described.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE