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Enabling low-cost high-energy missions with small spacecraft by using pulsed plasma thrusters

Enabling low-cost high-energy missions with small spacecraft by using pulsed plasma thrusters
Enabling low-cost high-energy missions with small spacecraft by using pulsed plasma thrusters
Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs) were the first Electric Propulsion devices ever to be employed in an actual space mission, and continue to be used today when simplicity, robustness and scalability to different power levels are dominant requirements. Therefore, they find a natural niche of application in small-spacecraft missions, where mass, volume and onboard power are at a premium, in spite of their low overall efficiency and not fully understood physical operating principles. While PPTs have drawn renewed attention from the international space community after a long hiatus, this has been generally limited, until now, to low Delta-V, low total impulse missions. In this paper, we investigate the possibility of performing high Delta-v, high total impulse missions, such as orbit raising or even deep-space missions, using PPTs onboard small spacecraft.
PPT, Lunar Mission, electrostatic actuation
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Gessini, Paolo
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Possa, Gabriela C.
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Intini Marques, Rodrigo
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Dobranszki, Cristian
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Golosnoy, Igor O.
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Gabriel, Stephen
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Gessini, Paolo
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Possa, Gabriela C.
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Dobranszki, Cristian
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Golosnoy, Igor O.
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Gabriel, Stephen
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Gessini, Paolo, Possa, Gabriela C., Intini Marques, Rodrigo, Dobranszki, Cristian, Golosnoy, Igor O. and Gabriel, Stephen (2019) Enabling low-cost high-energy missions with small spacecraft by using pulsed plasma thrusters. 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference: IEPC, University of Vienna, Austria. 15 - 20 Sep 2019. pp. 1-9 .

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Abstract

Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs) were the first Electric Propulsion devices ever to be employed in an actual space mission, and continue to be used today when simplicity, robustness and scalability to different power levels are dominant requirements. Therefore, they find a natural niche of application in small-spacecraft missions, where mass, volume and onboard power are at a premium, in spite of their low overall efficiency and not fully understood physical operating principles. While PPTs have drawn renewed attention from the international space community after a long hiatus, this has been generally limited, until now, to low Delta-V, low total impulse missions. In this paper, we investigate the possibility of performing high Delta-v, high total impulse missions, such as orbit raising or even deep-space missions, using PPTs onboard small spacecraft.

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Published date: 1 October 2019
Venue - Dates: 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference: IEPC, University of Vienna, Austria, 2019-09-15 - 2019-09-20
Keywords: PPT, Lunar Mission, electrostatic actuation

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Local EPrints ID: 435898
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435898
PURE UUID: 83b2556e-e18e-4663-b212-1a1830a676f4
ORCID for Cristian Dobranszki: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9045-4334

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Date deposited: 22 Nov 2019 17:30
Last modified: 16 May 2020 00:25

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Author: Paolo Gessini
Author: Gabriela C. Possa
Author: Rodrigo Intini Marques
Author: Cristian Dobranszki ORCID iD
Author: Igor O. Golosnoy
Author: Stephen Gabriel

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