Study for direct measurement of electromagnetic thrust of electrodeless helicon plasma thruster

Kenji Takahashi, Takahiro Nakamura, Hiroyuki Nishida, Shunjiro Shinohara, Takaeshi Matsuoka, Ikkoh Funaki, Takao Tanikawa, Tohru Hada

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    Abstract

    Conventional electric propulsion systems have some problems about the lifetime due to the erosion of electrodes caused by contacts between electrodes and the plasma. In order to solve this problem and realize the infinite life-time electric thrusters, we aim for a development of a completely electrodeless electric thruster. We have constructed a laboratory model of the electrodeless plasma thruster adopting the Lissajous plasma acceleration and a thrust stand to measure the electromagnetic thrust for validating our plasma acceleration concept. In this paper, we report the designing of the magnetic circuit using permanent magnets and the thrust stand. And the result of the thrust stand calibration and the progress of the thrust measurements are reported.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpace for Our Future - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference of Pacific-Basin Societies, ISCOPS 2012
    Pages93-100
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event13th International Space Conference of Pacific-Basin Societies, ISCOPS 2012 - Kyoto, Japan
    Duration: May 15 2012May 18 2012

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
    Volume146
    ISSN (Print)0065-3438

    Other

    Other13th International Space Conference of Pacific-Basin Societies, ISCOPS 2012
    CountryJapan
    CityKyoto
    Period5/15/125/18/12

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Space and Planetary Science

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