Previously obtained experimental performance values with helium propellant were used to estimate the performance of a low-power microwave thruster using other, more practical, propellants. When combined with a solid-state microwave source, obviating the need for a power processing unit, the low-power microwave thruster system was found to have significant advantages over other low-power electric propulsion thrusters. These include lower total system masses, higher thruster efficiencies and higher thrust-to-power values.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP|
|State||Published - Dec 2000|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering