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The effects of 1 kW class arcjet thruster plumes on spacecraft charging and spacecraft thermal control materialsArcjet thrusters are soon to be used for north/south stationkeeping on commercial communications satellites. A series of tests was performed to evaluate the possible effects of these thrusters on spacecraft charging and the degradation of thermal control material. During the tests the interaction between arcjet plumes and both charged and uncharged surfaces did not cause any significant material degradation. In addition, firing an arcjet thruster benignly reduced the potential of charged surfaces to near zero.
Document ID
19930051053
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Bogorad, A.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Lichtin, D. A.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Bowman, C.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Armenti, J.
(General Electric Co., Astro-Space Div., Princeton NJ, United States)
Pencil, E.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Sarmiento, C.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Volume: 39
Issue: 6, pt
ISSN: 0018-9499
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Distribution Limits
Public
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