Accession Number : ADA325955

Title :   Flight Diagnostics and Integrated Vehicle Testing of the U.S. Air Force Electric Propulsion Space Experiment (ESEX),

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : PHILLIPS LAB EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s) : Salasovich, R. M. ; LeDuc, J. R. ; Johnson, L. K. ; Bromaghim, D. R.

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The Electric Propulsion Space Experiment (ESEX) comprises a 30 kW ammonia arcjet system, onboard diagnostics, and remote observations program. A scientific plan encompassing implementation, operation, and data analysis has been developed. Onboard instruments will provide accurate measurements of spacecraft acceleration, thruster operating characteristics, and radiated thermal loads, and will document arcjet operation through filtered imagery. Instruments will also provide upper limits for spacecraft contamination and communications band electromagnetic interference. The remote observations program will accurately characterize high-rate communications links and will determine the arcjet's optical and RF signatures.

Descriptors :   *SPACECRAFT, *TEST VEHICLES, *ELECTRIC PROPULSION, TEST AND EVALUATION, THERMAL PROPERTIES, DATA PROCESSING, FLIGHT TESTING, MEASUREMENT, RADIATION, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, HIGH RATE, SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, ACCELERATION, LOADS(FORCES), ACCURACY, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, DIAGNOSIS(GENERAL), INSTRUMENTATION, CONTAMINATION, ONBOARD, THRUSTERS, ELECTROJETS.

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE