TAL performance and mission analysis in a CDL capacitor powered direct-drive configuration

Ivana Hrbud, M. Rose, Rhonald Jenkins, Steve Oleson, Ivana Hrbud, M. Rose, Rhonald Jenkins, Steve Oleson
1997 33rd Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit   unpublished
I-he goals of this research are (1) to prove the concept feasibility of a direct-drive electric propulsion system, and (2) to evaluate the performance and characteristics of a Russian TAL (Thruster with Anode Layer) operating in a long-pulse mode, powered by a capacitor-based power source developed at Space Power Institute. The TAL, designated D-55, is characterized by an external acceleration zone and is powered by a unique chemical double layer (CDL) capacitor bank with a capacitance of 4 F
more » ... a charge voltage of 400 V. Performance testing of this power supply on the TAL was conducted at NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH.
doi:10.2514/6.1997-2786 fatcat:qxwh626lffbavduutznaohz57i