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RF Helicon-based Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) Design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System (ABEP)

Author
Romano, F.; Chan, Y.; Herdrich, G.; Garcia-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodriguez-Donaire, S.; Sureda, M.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Acta astronautica
Date of publication
2020-11
Volume
176
First page
476
Last page
483
DOI
10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.07.008
Project funding
DISCOVERER – Disruptive technologies for very low Earth orbit platforms
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/330441 Open in new window
https://arxiv.org/abs/2007.06397 Open in new window
URL
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0094576520304264 Open in new window
Abstract
Challenging space missions include those at very low altitudes, where the atmosphere is source of aerodynamicdrag on the spacecraft. To extend such missions lifetime, an efficient propulsion system is required. Onesolution is Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion (ABEP). It collects atmospheric particles to be usedas propellant for an electric thruster. The system would minimize the requirement of limited propellantavailability and can also be applied to any planet with atmosphere, enabling n...
Citation
Romano, F. [et al.]. RF Helicon-based Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) Design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System (ABEP). "Acta astronautica", Novembre 2020, vol. 176, p. 476-483.
Keywords
ABEP, Birdcage, Helicon, IPT, VLEO
Group of research
L'AIRE - Laboratory of Aeronautical and Industrial Research and Studies
TUAREG - Turbulence and Aerodynamics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Group

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