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Magnetic Fields and Ion Thruster Beam Effects in DLR’s EP Test Facility

Neumann, Andreas and Mühlich, Nina and Hannemann, Klaus (2016) Magnetic Fields and Ion Thruster Beam Effects in DLR’s EP Test Facility. Space Propulsion 2016, 2016-05-02 - 2016-05-06, Rom, Italien.

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In-space electric propulsion is in a phase of rapid growth, and satellite contractors implement more and more electric thrusters. For on-ground testing DLR operates since the end of 2011 an electric propulsion test facility at its site in Göttingen. This EP test facility has several special features tailored to electric space propulsion testing, e.g. a large vacuum chamber with low vibration foundation, low sputtering beam dump target, and a performant pumping system. In this paper we investigate the impact of magnetic fields on plasma and ion beams exiting a thruster. Such an analysis is of importance if beam propagation and impingement on other objects have to be addressed. The presence of a magnetic field, e.g. the Earth magnetic field, may influence and deflect a beam over a longer distance. This paper shows the technique used to investigate this phenomenon and gives first results of recent experiments. The test thruster has been our RIT10/37, a gridded ion engine. A large magnetic coil produces a magnetic field which has the level of a few times the Earth magnetic field strength. The beam was detected with the new far field beam scanning system LDBS.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/106223/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Magnetic Fields and Ion Thruster Beam Effects in DLR’s EP Test Facility
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:electric propulsion, beam ions, vacuum chamber, magnetic field, space debris
Event Title:Space Propulsion 2016
Event Location:Rom, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:2 May 2016
Event End Date:6 May 2016
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 - Anlagen u. Messtechnik (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft
Deposited By: Bachmann, Barbara
Deposited On:18 Jan 2017 16:31
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:11

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