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  • Diagnostics of Air-Breathing Electric Thrusters  [CET 2015]
  • DOI: 10.4236/wjet.2015.33C005   PP.33 - 39
  • Author(s)
  • Constantinos Stavrinidis, José Gonzalez del Amo, Chloe Berenguer, Konstantinos Katsonis
  • Air-Breathing Electric Thrusters (ABET) diagnostics is addressed, with on-ground prototypes in mind. It is based on detailed volume averaged Global Models and focuses on emission spectroscopy. Notably, the obtained optical emission spectroscopy diagnostics tools give important information about the thruster propellant constitution and also the ionization degree of each constituent. This allows for trade-off between various prototypes on the basis of their characterization and optimization.

  • Diagnostics, Low Earth Orbit, Electric Thrusters, Air-Breathing, Spectroscopy
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