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Solar Electric Propulsion for Future NASA Missions
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Author and Affiliation:
Landis, Geoffrey A.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)
Oleson, Steven R.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)
Mercer, Carolyn R.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH United States)
Abstract: Use of high-power solar arrays, at power levels ranging from approximately 500 KW to several megawatts, has been proposed for a solar-electric propulsion (SEP) demonstration mission, using a photovoltaic array to provide energy to a high-power xenon-fueled engine. One of the proposed applications of the high-power SEP technology is a mission to rendezvous with an asteroid and move it into lunar orbit for human exploration, the Asteroid Retrieval mission. The Solar Electric Propulsion project is dedicated to developing critical technologies to enable trips to further away destinations such as Mars or asteroids. NASA needs to reduce the cost of these ambitious exploration missions. High power and high efficiency SEP systems will require much less propellant to meet those requirements.
Publication Date: Jun 14, 2015
Document ID:
20160004088
(Acquired Apr 04, 2016)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number: GRC-E-DAA-TN23902
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC); 14-19 Jun. 2015; New Orleans, LA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; New York, NY, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 717302.04.03.01.03
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH United States
Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH United States
Description: 4p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION; SOLAR ARRAYS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; POWER EFFICIENCY; ASTEROID MISSIONS; ASTEROID CAPTURE; LUNAR ORBITS; NASA SPACE PROGRAMS; MANNED MARS MISSIONS; ROBOTICS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; MISSION PLANNING; XENON; COST REDUCTION
Other Descriptors: SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION; SOLAR ARRAYS; PHOTOVOLTAIC
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