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Vacuum Facility Effects on Quad Confinement Thruster Testing

Lucca Fabris, Andrea, Knoll, Aaron, Dannenmayer, Käthe, Schönherr, Tony, Potterton, Thomas and Bianco, Paolo (2017) Vacuum Facility Effects on Quad Confinement Thruster Testing In: 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, 08-12 Oct 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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The first flight unit of the 200 W class Quad Confinement Thruster will be demonstrated in orbit on the SSTL NovaSAR spacecraft. Key preparatory activities have involved extensive ground testing in order to identify the operational and performance envelopes of the thruster over a broad range of test conditions with the ultimate aim of accurately predicting the in-space behavior. In particular, experimental campaigns have been carried out at the Surrey Space Centre and ESA Propulsion Laboratory at ESA-ESTEC in the effort to determine vacuum facility effects on the measured parameters through a critical comparison of the results obtained in the different laboratories.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Lucca Fabris,
Dannenmayer, Käthe
Schönherr, Tony
Potterton, Thomas
Bianco, Paolo
Date : 12 October 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : © The authors 2017
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 12 Apr 2018 04:14
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:09

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