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Title: ANNULAR-BEAM ION ENGINES

Abstract

The strip-beam cesium contact ion engine forms a major class of electrostatic propulsion engines that develop thrust by means of the acceleration of charged particles. This strip configuration offers a number of fundamental advantages compared to other forms of ion engines, including higher current density, ease of fabrication, high overall thrust density, etc. Such ion engines, built in the forms of multiple linear strips and circular strip or annular configurations, were built and operated. Some of the considerations entering into the design of efficient engines of this type are presented, performance achieved to date on a small circular form of this strip engine is quoted, and preliminary results of some more advanced forms of engines are described. The emphasis is on the circular strip or ring type of ion engine and particularly on such an engine that was developed for an early flight test demonstration. Future improved performance from this type of ion engine also is indicated, based on the experience to date. (auth)

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Hughes Research Labs., Malibu, Calif.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
4718589
NSA Number:
NSA-17-020129
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
AIAA (Am. Inst. Aeron. Astronaut.) J.
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: Vol: 1; Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-63
Country of Publication:
Country unknown/Code not available
Language:
English
Subject:
ENGINEERING AND EQUIPMENT; AIRCRAFT; ELECTROSTATICS; ION BEAMS; OPERATION; PERFORMANCE; PLANNING; PROPULSION; SPACE VEHICLES; TESTING

Citation Formats

Anderson, J R, Etter, J E, and Gallagher, H E. ANNULAR-BEAM ION ENGINES. Country unknown/Code not available: N. p., 1963. Web. doi:10.2514/3.1599.
Anderson, J R, Etter, J E, & Gallagher, H E. ANNULAR-BEAM ION ENGINES. Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.2514/3.1599.
Anderson, J R, Etter, J E, and Gallagher, H E. Fri . "ANNULAR-BEAM ION ENGINES". Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.2514/3.1599.
@article{osti_4718589,
title = {ANNULAR-BEAM ION ENGINES},
author = {Anderson, J R and Etter, J E and Gallagher, H E},
abstractNote = {The strip-beam cesium contact ion engine forms a major class of electrostatic propulsion engines that develop thrust by means of the acceleration of charged particles. This strip configuration offers a number of fundamental advantages compared to other forms of ion engines, including higher current density, ease of fabrication, high overall thrust density, etc. Such ion engines, built in the forms of multiple linear strips and circular strip or annular configurations, were built and operated. Some of the considerations entering into the design of efficient engines of this type are presented, performance achieved to date on a small circular form of this strip engine is quoted, and preliminary results of some more advanced forms of engines are described. The emphasis is on the circular strip or ring type of ion engine and particularly on such an engine that was developed for an early flight test demonstration. Future improved performance from this type of ion engine also is indicated, based on the experience to date. (auth)},
doi = {10.2514/3.1599},
journal = {AIAA (Am. Inst. Aeron. Astronaut.) J.},
number = ,
volume = Vol: 1,
place = {Country unknown/Code not available},
year = {1963},
month = {3}
}