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Overview of the research activities of the RITSAT-project

Klar, Peter J. and Hannemann, Klaus and Ricklefs, Ubbo and Leiter, Hans (2015) Overview of the research activities of the RITSAT-project. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, 2015-07-06 - 2015-07-10, Kobe-Hyogo, Japan.

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Official URL: http://www.ists.or.jp/2015/about_iepc/


The research of the RITSAT project is founded on a wide scientific and technological basis bringing together engineers, materials scientists, chemists and physicists. The research covers engineering aspects of EP technology, in particular, the further development of RIT-technology ranging from μN-RIT to prototypes of large RIT-35 and corresponding peripheral electronics, but also investigates new concepts of micro propulsion. It also comprises the development of plasma and plume diagnostics and their employment in test facilities. The corresponding theoretical and numerical description of ion thrusters is conducted on various levels and includes plasma modelling, thermal modelling, and circuit modelling. Materials science aspects such as the development of alternative propellants and the assessment of material damage by SC/EP interaction are also investigated. In the framework of the RITSAT activities, the EP test facilities at JLU Giessen (foremost the Jumbo tank) and at DLR Göttingen (High Vacuum Plume Test Facility Göttingen – Electric Thrusters, STG-ET) have joined forces and can compete with the largest EP test facilities in Europe. Cooperation agreements between JLU Giessen, DLR Göttingen and Airbus DS have been signed and will further consolidate these activities. The paper gives an overview of ongoing RITSAT activities highlighting the progress made in the various fields of research and giving perspectives of future work. Furthermore, the test facilities and their diagnostic equipment will be described, giving an overview of their capabilities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/100093/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:The papers are published on the special volume of Transactions of JSASS, Aerospace Technology Japan entitled “ISTS Special Issue.
Title:Overview of the research activities of the RITSAT-project
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Klar, Peter J.Institute of Experimental Physics I, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, 35392 Gießen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ricklefs, UbboTHM University of Applied Sciences, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Leiter, HansAirbus DS Lampoldshausen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-6
Series Name:Conference Proceedings on DVD and online
Keywords:RITSAT, High Vacuum Plume, STG-ET
Event Title:34th International Electric Propulsion Conference
Event Location:Kobe-Hyogo, Japan
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:6 July 2015
Event End Date:10 July 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transportation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Space Transportation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Numerische Verfahren und Simulation (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft
Deposited By: Micknaus, Ilka
Deposited On:07 Dec 2015 16:23
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:05

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