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Development of a Highly Sensitive Micro-Newton Thrust Balance: current status and latest results

Hey, Franz and Altmann, Christian and Berger, Marcel and Fitzsimons, Ewan and Braxmaier, Claus and Tajmar, Martin and Weise, Dennis and Johann, Ulrich (2015) Development of a Highly Sensitive Micro-Newton Thrust Balance: current status and latest results. Conference of 30th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science,, 04.-10.07.2015, Hyogo-Kobe, Japan.

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In the context of investigations for a suitable attitude control thruster for future scientific space missions like LISA, or optical interferometrically coupled constellations, we have developed a thruster test facility which consists of a highly precise thrust balance coupled with plasma diagnostics. The setup allows a concurrent operation of all instruments and can also be used for different types of μN propulsion systems including cold gas thrusters. Especially, our unique double pendulum thrust balance design allows a highly accurate characterisation of micro-Newton thruster. The Balance has a proven resolution of less than 0.1 μN in bandwidth between 1Hz and 10 −3 Hz. We will give an overview of the current status of our experimentally performed micro-HEMPT development. Furthermore, the design, the present performance, and the future plans of the micro Newton thruster test facility will be presented.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/103490/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Development of a Highly Sensitive Micro-Newton Thrust Balance: current status and latest results
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hey, FranzAirbus Defence & Space, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Altmann, ChristianAirbus Defence and SpaceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Berger, MarcelAirbus Defence and SpaceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fitzsimons, EwanAirbus Defence & Space, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weise, DennisAstrium GmbH–Satellites, 88039 Friedrichshafen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Johann, UlrichAstrium FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:HEMPT, electric propulsion, micro-Newton thruster, thrust balance, heterodyne interferometer
Event Title:Conference of 30th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science,
Event Location:Hyogo-Kobe, Japan
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:04.-10.07.2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Hüls, Simone
Deposited On:17 Mar 2016 10:14
Last Modified:17 Mar 2016 10:14

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