8-12 July 2013
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Orbital simulations for a satellite with a corona ionization thruster

Presented by Dr. phil FERRER on 10 Jul 2013 from 17:40 to 18:40
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster2
Track: Track F - Applied Physics


The corona ionization thruster works by ionizing a gas propellant emerging from a thin needle tip, and accelerating the resulting ions through the neutral propellant, creating an ionic wind. New thrust and electrical measurements for such a system have recently been obtained. The results allow for a simulation of the possible orbital manoeuvres of a small nano-class satellite. Various such manoeuvres are simulated, ranging from orbit raising to controlled de-orbiting the results of which are presented in the poster.





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