Implementations Strategies for In-Space Macron Propulsion
COLORADO UNIV AT COLORADO SPRINGS
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A Macron Launched Propulsion MLP system has been derived from electric propulsion technology to provide the ability to accelerate macrons i.e. a macroscopic particle with an approximate mass of 1 gram as a means of thrust for in-space propulsion. Macron propulsion technology can potentially accelerate macrons to speeds upwards of 10kms with a corresponding specific impulse Isp of 1,000s and a thrust of 10N. The data presented in this paper outlines the performance parameters of a MLP system and serves as a guide for spacecraft operators to effectively implement and utilize a macron propulsion system. All spacecraft propulsion systems have the potential to adversely impact the space environment. The research conducted within the study supports the claim that a macron propulsion systems level of impact on the space environment is no greater than current operational propulsion methods. If implemented in the most precautious manner, a macron propulsion system is theoretically capable of operating in the space environment with a near zero level of impact. Macron propulsion technology has numerous distinct performance parameters and the potential to be implemented as a primary in-space propulsion system capable of conducting numerous orbital maneuvering scenarios with minimal space environment impact.
- Electric and Ion Propulsion
- Unmanned Spacecraft