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Development of a 30-cm ion thruster thermal-vacuum power processorThe 30-cm Hg electron-bombardment ion thruster presently under development has reached engineering model status and is generally accepted as the prime propulsion thruster module to be used on the earliest solar electric propulsion missions. This paper presents the results of a related program to develop a transistorized 3-kW Thermal-Vacuum Breadboard (TVBB) Power Processor for this thruster. Emphasized in the paper are the implemented electrical and mechanical designs as well as the resultant system performance achieved over a range of test conditions. In addition, design modifications affording improved performance are identified and discussed.
Document ID
19770032236
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Herron, B. G. (Hughes Research Laboratories Malibu, Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1976
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 76-991
Meeting Information
International Electric Propulsion Conference(Key Biscayne, FL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS3-17223
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other