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Solar Electric Propulsion Concepts for Human Space ExplorationAdvances in solar array and electric thruster technologies now offer the promise of new, very capable space transportation systems that will allow us to cost effectively explore the solar system. NASA has developed numerous solar electric propulsion spacecraft concepts with power levels ranging from tens to hundreds of kilowatts for robotic and piloted missions to asteroids and Mars. This paper describes nine electric and hybrid solar electric/chemical propulsion concepts developed over the last 5 years and discusses how they might be used for human exploration of the inner solar system.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Mercer, Carolyn R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Mcguire, Melissa L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Oleson, Steven R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Barrett, Michael J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
March 23, 2016
Publication Date
March 1, 2016
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2015-4521
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space 2015 Conference
Location: Pasadena, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: August 31, 2015
End Date: September 2, 2015
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 729200.02.03.01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
solar electric propulsion
electric thrusters
solar arrays
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