Momentum Impact Studies on Solar CellsOne efficient way of propelling a spacecraft in space is by means of a rocket (thruster). It is important to understand the process which governs the action. The propulsion system of all rockets consists of a fuel storage system of which there are many different types, due to the different varieties of fuels. There must also be a fuel transport system. The fuel is then expanded in an expansion region, triggered by some form of combustion, and is then accelerated to the nozzle region where it is expelled through the nozzle. The expelled propellant from the rocket comes out and creates a plume. The plume's interaction with spacecraft structures is the focus of this study.
Conner, James Derrick (Fisk Univ. Nashville, TN United States)
Collins, W. Eugene (Fisk Univ. Nashville, TN United States)
Bullock, S. Ray (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
August 17, 2013
January 1, 1997
Publication: The First National Student Conference: NASA University Research Centers at Minority Institutions