Accession Number:

ADA532239

Title:

Implementations Strategies for In-Space Macron Propulsion

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

COLORADO UNIV AT COLORADO SPRINGS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-10-06

Pagination or Media Count:

98.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE