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    Course Outline

    Electric Propulsion for Space Systems

     

     

    Course Outline:


    I. Electric propulsion overview
    II. Systems and mission design
    A. System and mission analysis
    B. Theoretical capabilities and limitations
    C. Trajectory analysis and optimization
    D. Associated spacecraft technologies
    III. Principles of relevant plasma physics
    A. High temperature gases and plasma formation
    B. Plasmas in electric and magnetic fields
    C. Ion acceleration
    D. Boundary conditions and sheaths
    IV. Electrothermal propulsion
    A. Principles of electrothermal operation
    B. Resistojet and arcjet system descriptions
    C. Operating characteristics
    D. Critical interfaces and integration issues
    E. Lessons learned and current status
    V. Electrostatic propulsion
    A. Principles of ion thruster operation
    B. Ion thruster system and component descriptions
    C. Operating characteristics
    D. Critical interfaces and integration issues
    E. Lessons learned and current status
    VI. Electromagnetic propulsion
    A. Propellant acceleration mechanisms
    B. Hall and pulsed plasma thruster system and component descriptions
    C. Operating characteristics
    D. Critical interfaces and integration issues
    E. Lessons learned and current status
    VII. Conclusions
    A. Applications and concluding remarks