Spacecraft interaction test results of the high performance Hall system SPT-140

J. Fife, W. Hargus, Jr., D. Jaworske, C. Sarmiento, L. Mason, R. Jankovsky, J. Snyder, S. Malone, J. Haas, A. Gallimore
2000 36th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit   unpublished
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more » ... ters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (0704-0188), 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington, VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. Unclassified b. ABSTRACT Unclassified c. THIS PAGE Unclassified SAR 11 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (include area code) N/A Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std. 239.18 (Ground rests were performed to help characterize modes of interaction between the SPT-140 Hall thruster and spacecraft components. The experiments were performed at NASA Glenn Research Center and at the University of Michigan. Measurements were made of thruster plume current density, electromagnetic interference (EMl), and surface sputtering and contamination. Diagnostics included Faraday probes, collimated sputter/deposition targets, and radio-frequency detectors. Ion current density measurements showed exponential decay with off-axis angle up to approximately 30 degrees. At off-axis angles greater than 30 degrees, results varied with chamber background pressure, presumably due to ambient charge exchange plasma. Sputter rates of solar cell coverglass. Kapton, and RTV were accurately measured I in from the thruster exit for off-axis angles less than 60 degrees. At off-axis angles greater than fiO degrees, the sputter rate was on the order of the measurement uncertainty. EMl tests found very little emission in the traditional RF communication bands. At the lowest frequencies, one band of E-field emission (10 kHz to 20 MHz) was detected which exceeded the MlL-STD-461C specification b\ up to 53 dB.
doi:10.2514/6.2000-3521 fatcat:4pgl2pbf75awpkmrk35zfqfkki