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Memorias de investigación
Research Project:
HPH.com: Helicon plasma hydrazine combined micro
Year:2011
Research Areas
Information
Abstract

The objective of the research program is to design, optimize and develop a space plasma thruster based on helicon-radio-frequency technology and its application to a nano-satellite for attitude and position control. Moreover a detailed feasibility study will be also conducted to evaluate the possibility of using the plasma thruster to heat and decompose a secondary propellant. The feasibility study will asses the possibility of building up a combined-two-mode-thruster able to operate in the low-thrust high-efficiency plasma-mode and high-thrust low-efficiency secondary-propellant-plasma-enhanced mode. Only the plasma thruster will be developed and fully tested during this study. The main characteristics of the thruster are: Power 50 W Weight within 1.5 kg Thrust >1.5 mN Specific Impulse (Isp) >1200 s The program will develop thought the following steps:

- Deep numerical-theoretical investigation through dedicated plasma-simulation tools.

- Extensive experimental campaign to validate codes, to investigate the physics phenomena involved and to proof thruster performance.

- The development of a thruster-prototype to be mounted on board of a mini-satellite to demonstrate technology feasibility. -The study of all the critical issues related to the application to a mini-satellite.

- The design and manufacturing of the mini-satellite mock up including all critical components.

- Analysis of scaling law to lower and higher power. As a final results of the project, a detailed analysis will be conducted in order to evaluate the possible application of the thruster in space missions requiring low thrust accurate attitude and position control.

International
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Project type
Proyectos y convenios en convocatorias públicas competitivas
Company
Comisión Europea
Entity Nationality
BELGICA
Entity size
Grande
Granting date
04/11/2008
Participants
  • Participante: Mario Merino Martinez (UPM)
  • Participante: Maria Jesus Higuera Torron (UPM)
  • Director: Eduardo Ahedo Galilea (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: No seleccionado
  • Grupo de Investigación: Dinámica y estabilidad no lineal en ingeniería aeroespacial
  • Grupo de Investigación: Análisis y experimentación en mecánica de fluidos y combustión
  • Departamento: Fundamentos Matemáticos de la Tecnología Aeronáutica
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