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High Power MPD Thruster Development at the NASA Glenn Research CenterPropulsion requirements for large platform orbit raising, cargo and piloted planetary missions, and robotic deep space exploration have rekindled interest in the development and deployment of high power electromagnetic thrusters. Magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thrusters can effectively process megawatts of power over a broad range of specific impulse values to meet these diverse in-space propulsion requirements. As NASA's lead center for electric propulsion, the Glenn Research Center has established an MW-class pulsed thruster test facility and is refurbishing a high-power steady-state facility to design, build, and test efficient gas-fed MPD thrusters. A complimentary numerical modeling effort based on the robust MACH2 code provides a well-balanced program of numerical analysis and experimental validation leading to improved high power MPD thruster performance. This paper reviews the current and planned experimental facilities and numerical modeling capabilities at the Glenn Research Center and outlines program plans for the development of new, efficient high power MPD thrusters.
Document ID
20010094060
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
LaPointe, Michael R. (Ohio Aerospace Inst. Brook Park, OH United States)
Mikellides, Pavlos G. (Ohio Aerospace Inst. Brook Park, OH United States)
Reddy, Dhanireddy
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2001
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Report/Patent Number
NASA/CR-2001-211114
NAS 1.26:211114
AIAA Paper 2001-3499
E-12961
Meeting Information
37th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit(Salt Lake City, UT)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 755-B4-07
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCC3-860
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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