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Ion thruster design and analysisQuestions concerning the mechanical design of a thruster are considered, taking into account differences in the design of an 8-cm and a 30-cm model. The components of a thruster include the thruster shell assembly, the ion extraction electrode assembly, the cathode isolator vaporizer assembly, the neutralizer isolator vaporizer assembly, ground screen and mask, and the main isolator vaporizer assembly. Attention is given to the materials used in thruster fabrication, the advanced manufacturing methods used, details of thruster performance, an evaluation of thruster life, structural and thermal design considerations, and questions of reliability and quality assurance.
Document ID
19770032254
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kami, S. (Hughes Research Labs. Malibu, CA, United States)
Schnelker, D. E. (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 76-1048
Meeting Information
International Electric Propulsion Conference(Key Biscayne, FL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS3-18917
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS3-17803
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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