Factors influencing solar electric propulsion vehicle payload delivery for outer planet missions

Michael Cupples, Shaun Green, Victoria Coverstone

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Abstract

Systems analyses was performed for missions utilizing solar electric propulsion systems to deliver payloads to outer-planet destinations. A range of mission and systems factors and their affect on the delivery capability of the solar electric propulsion system was examined. The effect of varying the destination, the trip time, the launch vehicle, and gravity-assist boundary conditions was investigated. In addition, the affects of selecting propulsion system and power systems characteristics (including primary array power variation, number of thrusters, thruster throttling mode, and thruster Isp) on delivered payload was examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-382
Number of pages18
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume114 I
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventSpaceflight Mechanics 2003: Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Ponce, Puerto Rico
Duration: Feb 9 2003Feb 13 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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