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Alternative propellants for gridded ion engines

Alternative propellants for gridded ion engines
Alternative propellants for gridded ion engines
Within the European GIESEPP project framework, a comparative overview of the properties of propellants suitable for electric propulsion and an assessment on the impact of substituting Xenon as operating medium will be presented in this paper.
A preliminary qualitative and quantitative analysis will be performed to assess the effects on the existing systems and to ensure their functionality with alternative propellants.
Based on a trade-off between performance and compatibility, Krypton was selected as main alternative and Iodine as secondary (due to possible compatibility problems). However, more extensive investigations will be required to address all the possible aspects of the propellant change.
Electric propulsion , Gridded Ion Engine, Alternative Propellants, Xenon, Krypton
SP2018_00102
Fazio, Nazareno
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Gabriel, Stephen
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Golosnoy, Igor O.
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Fazio, Nazareno
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Gabriel, Stephen
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Golosnoy, Igor O.
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Fazio, Nazareno, Gabriel, Stephen and Golosnoy, Igor O. (2018) Alternative propellants for gridded ion engines. Space Propulsion 2018, Spain. 13 - 17 May 2018. SP2018_00102 .

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Abstract

Within the European GIESEPP project framework, a comparative overview of the properties of propellants suitable for electric propulsion and an assessment on the impact of substituting Xenon as operating medium will be presented in this paper.
A preliminary qualitative and quantitative analysis will be performed to assess the effects on the existing systems and to ensure their functionality with alternative propellants.
Based on a trade-off between performance and compatibility, Krypton was selected as main alternative and Iodine as secondary (due to possible compatibility problems). However, more extensive investigations will be required to address all the possible aspects of the propellant change.

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Published date: 18 May 2018
Venue - Dates: Space Propulsion 2018, Spain, 2018-05-13 - 2018-05-17
Keywords: Electric propulsion , Gridded Ion Engine, Alternative Propellants, Xenon, Krypton

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Local EPrints ID: 422369
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422369
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Date deposited: 23 Jul 2018 16:30
Last modified: 05 Aug 2020 16:33

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Author: Nazareno Fazio
Author: Stephen Gabriel
Author: Igor O. Golosnoy

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