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.


Propulsion 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

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert O. Dietz
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  1. 1.Arnold Air Force StationUnited States Air ForceUSA

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