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Integration of an ion engine on the Communications Technology Satellite.An ion engine subsystem intended for satellite stationkeeping tasks is described. Ion thrusters are chosen to perform the task because the specific impulse is at least an order of magnitude higher than the commonly used reaction control jets. The higher the value of specific impulse, the greater the total impulse that can be attained for a given weight of propellant, hence cost benefits result. The integration, subsystem testing, and the operating plans for the ion engine experiment to be flown in 1975 on the Canadian Communications Technology Satellite (CTS) are described. The subsystem is designed to demonstrate north-south stationkeeping, attitude control by means of thrust vectoring, long-term space storage and restart capability, and compatibility with a high powered communications transponder.
Document ID
19730030646
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Payne, W. F. (Department of Communications, Communications Research Centre Ottawa, Canada)
Finke, R. C. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
Subject Category
PROPULSION SYSTEMS
Meeting Information
NTC ''72; National Telecommunications Conference(Houston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other