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Electrostatic Propulsion Design Principles and Problems

  • J. M. SellenJr.
  • Haywood Shelton
  • David B. Langmuir
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Abstract

This paper attempts to derive quantitative limits in certain aspects of electrostatic propulsion which are well understood, and to discuss issues which require clarification in areas still subject to scientific controversy. The only system of ion generation specifically considered is thermal contact ionization of alkali metals, but much of the discussion is valid regardless of the mechanism of formation of the ions.

Keywords

Space Charge Electrostatic Propulsion Exit Orifice Broad Beam Collector Potential 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. SellenJr.
    • 1
  • Haywood Shelton
    • 1
  • David B. Langmuir
    • 1
  1. 1.Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc.Canoga ParkUSA

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