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Power processing systems for ion thrusters.The proposed use of ion thrusters to fulfill various communication satellite propulsion functions such as east-west and north-south stationkeeping, attitude control, station relocation and orbit raising, naturally leads to the requirement for lightweight, efficient and reliable thruster power processing systems. Collectively, the propulsion requirements dictate a wide range of thruster power levels and operational lifetimes, which must be matched by the power processing. This paper will discuss the status of such power processing systems, present system design alternatives and project expected near future power system performance.
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Conference Paper
Herron, B. G.
(Hughes Research Laboratories Malibu, Calif., United States)
Garth, D. R.
(Hughes Aircraft Co., Power Systems Dept., Los Angeles Calif., United States)
Finke, R. C.
Shumaker, H. A.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1972
Subject Category
Propulsion Systems
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Meeting: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Communications Satellite Systems Conference
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: April 24, 1972
End Date: April 26, 1972
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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