Accession Number:

ADA545862

Title:

Propulsion Systems

Descriptive Note:

Book chapter

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA PROPULSION DIR/SPACE AND MISSILE PROPULSION DIV/AEROPHYSICS BRANCH

Report Date:

2011-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

71.0

Abstract:

This chapter starts with a review of the basic rocket performance parameters, the rocket equation and staging. Different classes of chemical rockets used for space propulsion are then examined. The System Design Elements section guides the reader on how to size common components for a conventional chemical propulsion system. Electric propulsion and other potential new systems are presented next. This chapter concludes with two examples of preliminary designs for a propulsion system.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion
  • Nuclear Propulsion
  • Rocket Engines

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE