Variable-specific-impulse electric propulsion systems can provide important advantages and cost reductions to any scale of planetary mission. The first part of this paper describes their potential benefits, with special emphasis on mission analysis aspects. The second part identifies the physical limitations of traditional electric propulsion technologies and presents some preliminary development results achieved within the frame of ongoing European activities.

Flexible variable-specific-impulse electric propulsion systems for planetary missions

MARCUCCIO, SALVO;
2003

Abstract

Variable-specific-impulse electric propulsion systems can provide important advantages and cost reductions to any scale of planetary mission. The first part of this paper describes their potential benefits, with special emphasis on mission analysis aspects. The second part identifies the physical limitations of traditional electric propulsion technologies and presents some preliminary development results achieved within the frame of ongoing European activities.
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