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Title: Design of RF systems for the RTD mission VASIMR

Abstract

The first flight test of the variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket (VASIMR) is tentatively scheduled for the Radiation and Technology Demonstration (RTD) in 2003. This mission to map the radiation environment out to several earth radii will employ both a Hall thruster and a VASIMR during its six months duration, beginning from low earth orbit. The mission will be powered by a solar array providing 12 kW of direct current electricity at 50 V. The VASIMR utilizes radiofrequency (RF) power both to generate a high-density plasma in a helicon source and to accelerate the plasma ions to high velocity by ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH). The VASIMR concept is being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in collaboration with national laboratories and universities. Prototype plasma sources, RF amplifiers, and antennas are being developed in the experimental facilities of the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory (ASPL). (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [2]
  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)
  2. Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas 77059 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20216714
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
AIP Conference Proceedings
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 485; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: PBD: 20 Sep 1999; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; PROPULSION REACTORS; ROCKETS; RF SYSTEMS; HELICON WAVES; PLASMA DENSITY

Citation Formats

Baity, F. W., Barber, G. C., Carter, M. D., Goulding, R. H., Sparks, D. O., Chang-Diaz, F. R., McCaskill, G. E., and Squire, J. P. Design of RF systems for the RTD mission VASIMR. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.1063/1.59701.
Baity, F. W., Barber, G. C., Carter, M. D., Goulding, R. H., Sparks, D. O., Chang-Diaz, F. R., McCaskill, G. E., & Squire, J. P. Design of RF systems for the RTD mission VASIMR. United States. doi:10.1063/1.59701.
Baity, F. W., Barber, G. C., Carter, M. D., Goulding, R. H., Sparks, D. O., Chang-Diaz, F. R., McCaskill, G. E., and Squire, J. P. Mon . "Design of RF systems for the RTD mission VASIMR". United States. doi:10.1063/1.59701.
@article{osti_20216714,
title = {Design of RF systems for the RTD mission VASIMR},
author = {Baity, F. W. and Barber, G. C. and Carter, M. D. and Goulding, R. H. and Sparks, D. O. and Chang-Diaz, F. R. and McCaskill, G. E. and Squire, J. P.},
abstractNote = {The first flight test of the variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket (VASIMR) is tentatively scheduled for the Radiation and Technology Demonstration (RTD) in 2003. This mission to map the radiation environment out to several earth radii will employ both a Hall thruster and a VASIMR during its six months duration, beginning from low earth orbit. The mission will be powered by a solar array providing 12 kW of direct current electricity at 50 V. The VASIMR utilizes radiofrequency (RF) power both to generate a high-density plasma in a helicon source and to accelerate the plasma ions to high velocity by ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH). The VASIMR concept is being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in collaboration with national laboratories and universities. Prototype plasma sources, RF amplifiers, and antennas are being developed in the experimental facilities of the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory (ASPL). (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics.},
doi = {10.1063/1.59701},
journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
issn = {0094-243X},
number = 1,
volume = 485,
place = {United States},
year = {1999},
month = {9}
}