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Title: A Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Propulsion

A Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Propulsion This presentation describes how a microwave thruster can be used for spacecraft propulsion. A microwave thruster is part of a larger class of electric propulsion devices that have higher specific impulse and lower thrust than conventional chemical rocket engines. Examples of electric propulsion devices are given in this presentation and it is shown how these devices have been used to accomplish two recent space missions. The microwave thruster is then described and it is explained how the thrust and specific impulse of the thruster can be measured. Calculations of the gas temperature and plasma properties in the microwave thruster are discussed. In addition a potential mission for the microwave thruster involving the orbit raising of a space station is explored.
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OSTI Identifier:OSTI ID: 1047100
Report Number(s):LA-UR-12-23316
TRN: US201216%%346
DOE Contract Number:AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:Technical Report
Research Org:Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Sponsoring Org:DOE/LANL
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; PLASMA; PROPULSION; ROCKET ENGINES; THRUSTERS