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Overview of NASA Iodine Hall Thruster Propulsion System DevelopmentNASA is continuing to invest in advancing Hall thruster technologies for implementation in commercial and government missions. The most recent focus has been on increasing the power level for large-scale exploration applications. However, there has also been a similar push to examine applications of electric propulsion for small spacecraft in the range of 300 kg or less. There have been several recent iodine Hall propulsion system development activities performed by the team of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Busek Co. Inc. In particular, the work focused on qualification of the Busek 200-W BHT-200-I and development of the 600-W BHT-600-I systems. This paper discusses the current status of iodine Hall propulsion system developments along with supporting technology development efforts.
Document ID
20160006296
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Smith, Timothy D.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Kamhawi, Hani
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Hickman, Tyler
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Haag, Thomas
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Dankanich, John
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Polzin, Kurt
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Byrne, Lawrence
(Busek (J.) Co., Inc. Natick, MA, United States)
Szabo, James
(Busek (J.) Co., Inc. Natick, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 16, 2016
Publication Date
May 2, 2016
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
GRC-E-DAA-TN30748
E-19219
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space Propulsion
Location: Rome
Country: Italy
Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: May 6, 2016
Sponsors: Association Aeronautique et Astronautique de France
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNC15CA06C
WBS: WBS 182603.01.04.01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Iodine
Hall thruster
Power Processing Unit
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