Ion Engine Test Laboratory Planning
Analyses used in determining development test facility design requirements for ion propulsion systems are described. A comparison is made of ion rockets and chemical rockets for transferring a satellite from a 6 620-kilometer radius orbit to an orbit having a period of 24 hours. This comparison shows that ion-propelled vehicle weight is one-third the chemical rocket propelled vehicle weight if 90 days are allowed for the orbit transfer.
KeywordsPropulsion System Specific Impulse Orbit Transfer Electrical Propulsion System Ionization Grid
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- Morton Camac,Avco Research Laboratory Research Report No. 36, (Oct. 1958.)Google Scholar