ELECTRIC PROPULSION: A REVIEW OF FUTURE SPACE PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY

Authors
  1. Voulelikas, G.D.
Corporate Authors
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The report deals with the various types of electric thrusters that have been developed for both primary and auxiliary propulsion. Details of the principal characteristics of the most promising and currently developed devices along with the advantages and disadvantages of each type of thruster are also discussed. In addition, an account is given of some of the missions for which each type of electric propulsion system is suited, concentrating on applications dealing with north-south stationkeeping (NSSK) of geostationary satellites (13,14), orbit transfer (15-22) and interplanetray objectives (23-28). Finally, a system configuration is discussed based on the current state-of-the-art and conclusions and recommendations are given for current and future development.
Report Number
CRC-1396 —
Date of publication
15 Oct 1985
Number of Pages
72
DSTKIM No
86-04342
CANDIS No
98971
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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