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Accession Number ADA595587
Title Eight Kilowatt Hall Thruster System Characterization.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 14p
Personal Author B. Pote J. Szabo L. Byrne S. Paintal V. Hruby
Abstract A nominal 8-kW Hall thruster system was developed for high power spacecraft applications. This thruster is supported by a 1.3 cm hollow cathode. Performance was measured directly at conditions representative of the space environment, bringing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to 5. At nominal conditions, the thruster delivers half a Newton of thrust at 8-kW with a specific impulse of greater 1900 s. Deep throttling capabilities were demonstrated. Performance and throttling curves are presented. Data were taken with xenon, krypton, and iodine. Details of the thruster and system components are also presented.
Keywords Cathodes
Hall thrusters
Hollow cathode
Operational readiness
Space environments
Specific impulse

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 81B - Electric & Ion Propulsion
84G - Unmanned Spacecraft
Corporate Author Air Force Research Lab., Edwards AFB, CA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1415
Contract Number F04611-00-C-0018

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