Tal thruster development for the Japanese high-power in-space propulsion project RAIJIN

Tony Schönherr, Yuki Ito, Daiki Fujita, Rei Kawashima, Hiroyuki Koizumi, Kimiya Komurasaki

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Abstract

The RAIJIN project aims at the development of high-power electric propulsion systems for application on allelectric satellite buses, future orbit transfer vehicles, and deep-space exploration missions. The concept of thruster with anode layer was chosen for this project, and a 2 kW-class UT-58 engineering model designed and tested in this study. A special focus is put on the feasibility of economical usage of argon as an alternative propellant. Thrust performance and discharge oscillations are evaluated. Experimental results show that an anode efficiency of up to 24% can be achieved with argon at small oscillation amplitude for a power input of 2 kW and an argon mass flow of 2.9 mg/s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, IAC 2013
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages7085-7090
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781629939094
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, IAC 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2013 Sep 232013 Sep 27

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume9
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Conference

Conference64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, IAC 2013
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period13/9/2313/9/27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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