Accession Number : AD0770527

Title :   Pulsed Plasma Propulsion Technology.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 3 Apr 72-30 Jul 73,


Personal Author(s) : Dailey,C. Lee ; Davis,Harold A.

Report Date : JUL 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : An experimental investigation was conducted with two separate objectives. One was the demonstration of 30% efficiency with the pulsed inductive plasma thruster; the other was the development of energy storage capacitors capable of delivering 10 to the 8th power pulse discharges at an energy storage density of 40 joules per pound. The latter objectives was met with a paper-K film dielectric sandwich impregnated with castor oil and an extended foil capacitor construction. The former objective was not met although substantial progress was made by the use of preionization prior to the capacitor discharge. The thruster employed a 30 cm diameter flat spiral coil to induce a plasma current sheet in the propellant when a 675 joule capacitor bank (15 kv) was discharged through it. The propellant was a layer of gas injected in a thin layer over the coil by a fast-acting gas valve. Both argon and xenon were investigated. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Plasma devices, *Propulsion systems, *Electric propulsion, *Thrusters, Gas ionization, Argon, Xenon, Efficiency, Capacitors

Subject Categories : Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE