Thrusters: Ablative Pulsed, Plasma Acceleration in

Authored by: Tony Schönherr

Encyclopedia of Plasma Technology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466500594
eBook ISBN: 9781351204958
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EPLT-120053951

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Abstract

As one kind of electric space propulsion systems, pulsed plasma thrusters have been subject to several decades of study. During this time, experimental studies with ablative solid-propellant pulsed plasma thrusters have revealed many aspects regarding the physical processes involving discharge current, ablation and ionization, and plasma acceleration respectively. Those aspects and a detailed summary of the experimental work leading to a deepened understanding of the processes are the scope of this entry. Finally, remaining challenges for future research are outlined.

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