Accession Number : AD0766596

Title :   The RAE 1.5m Diameter Ion Thruster Life Test Facility.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Day,B. P. ; Hastings,R.

Report Date : JUL 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The Royal Aircraft Establishment ion thruster long life test facility using a 1.5m diameter by 3.5m long vacuum chamber is described. The results of work indicating enhanced pumping when a titanium target is used are described and it is shown how this mechanism can be exploited to avoid the use of diffusion pumps during a prolonged test. The power supplies and data handling are also briefly described. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ION ENGINES, *TEST FACILITIES), VACUUM, CRYOGENICS, CRYOPUMPING, INSTRUMENTATION, POWER SUPPLIES

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE