This report describes the results of a program to verify an electrostatic plasma acceleration concept and to identify those parameters most important in optimizing an Electrostatic Plasma Accelerator (EPA) thruster based upon this thrust mechanism. Preliminary performance measurements of thrust, specific impulse and efficiency were obtained using a unique plasma exhaust momentum probe. Reliable EPA thruster operation was achieved using one power supply.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1990|
|Event||AlAA/DGLR/JSASS 21st International Electric Propulsion Conference, 1990 - Orlando, United States|
Duration: Jul 18 1990 → Jul 20 1990
|Other||AlAA/DGLR/JSASS 21st International Electric Propulsion Conference, 1990|
|Period||7/18/90 → 7/20/90|
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