A structural and thermal packaging approach for power processing units for 30-cm ion thrustersSolar Electric Propulsion (SEP) is currently being studied for possible use in a number of near earth and planetary missions. The thruster subsystem for these missions would consist of 30 centimeter ion thrusters with Power Processor Units (PPU) clustered in assemblies of from two to ten units. A preliminary design study of the electronic packaging of the PPU has been completed at Lewis Research Center of NASA. This study evaluates designs meeting the competing requirements of low system weight and overall mission flexibility. These requirements are evaluated regarding structural and thermal design, electrical efficiency, and integration of the electrical circuits into a functional PPU layout.
Maloy, J. E.
Sharp, G. R. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
August 8, 2013
March 1, 1975
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
AIAA PAPER 75-403
Meeting: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Electric Propulsion Conference
Location: New Orleans, LA
Start Date: March 19, 1975
End Date: March 21, 1975
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics