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Testing Done for Lorentz Force Accelerators and Electrodeless Propulsion Technology DevelopmentThe NASA Glenn Research Center is developing Lorentz force accelerators and electrodeless plasma propulsion for a wide variety of space applications. These applications range from precision control of formation-flying spacecraft to primary propulsion for very high power interplanetary spacecraft. The specific thruster technologies being addressed are pulsed plasma thrusters, magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, and helicon-electron cyclotron resonance acceleration thrusters. The pulsed plasma thruster mounted on the Earth Observing-1 spacecraft was operated successfully in orbit in 2002. The two-axis thruster system is fully incorporated in the attitude determination and control system and is being used to automatically counteract disturbances in the pitch axis of the spacecraft. Recent on-orbit operations have focused on extended operations to add flight operation time to the total accumulated thruster life. The results of the experiments pave the way for electric propulsion applications on future Earth-imaging satellites.
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Document Type
Pencil, Eric J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Gilland, James H.
(Ohio Aerospace Inst. OH, United States)
Arrington, Lynn A.
Kamhawi, Hani
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 2004
Publication Information
Publication: Research and Technology 2004
Subject Category
Physics (General)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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