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NSTAR Ion Thrusters and Power ProcessorsThe purpose of the NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Applications Readiness (NSTAR) project is to validate ion propulsion technology for use on future NASA deep space missions. This program, which was initiated in September 1995, focused on the development of two sets of flight quality ion thrusters, power processors, and controllers that provided the same performance as engineering model hardware and also met the dynamic and environmental requirements of the Deep Space 1 Project. One of the flight sets was used for primary propulsion for the Deep Space 1 spacecraft which was launched in October 1998.
Document ID
20000003023
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Bond, T. A. (Hughes Electron Dynamics Torrance, CA United States)
Christensen, J. A. (Hughes Electron Dynamics Torrance, CA United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1999
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Report/Patent Number
E-11730
NAS 1.26:209162
NASA/CR-1999-209162
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 242-70-01
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS3-27560
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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