Accession Number : ADA527304

Title :   Orbital Analysis of Macron Propulsion

Descriptive Note : Technical paper

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA PROPULSION DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Schonig, Jacob ; Ketsdever, Andrew ; Kirtley, David

Report Date : 28 JUL 2010

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Recent advances in energy storage and solid-state switching enabled the use of peristaltic, pulsed inductive acceleration of non-ferritic particles for spacecraft propulsion. Macron Launched Propulsion (MLP) systems electromagnetically accelerate gramsized aluminum particles (i.e. macrons) to achieve exit velocities between 5 and 10km/s, achieving specific impulses between 600 and 1,000s. Research was conducted to analyze this system's potential effects on the orbital debris environment as well as to formulate possible implementations of this technology. Ultimately, the direction, velocity and altitude at which these macrons are fired determine the macron's trajectory and dictate the level of impact upon the orbital debris environment. Research supports the implementation of the technology as a multi-purpose orbital maneuvering system but cautions the use of this system in a manner that could result macrons entering into a stable Earth orbital trajectory.

Descriptors :   *SPACECRAFT, *ENERGY STORAGE, *ORBITS, SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS, ELECTROMAGNETIC ENVIRONMENTS, PROPULSION SYSTEMS

Subject Categories : Energy Storage
      Solid State Physics
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE