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Microsatellite technology has become increasingly popular in recent years as it can offer significant cost savings, higher reliability, and is generally more affordable for a large variety of commercial applications. Since many microsatellite missions require considerable propulsion capabilities, miniaturization of the propulsion subsystem is critical in(More)
Although several operational codes are available for the prediction of plume dynamics of Hall thrusters and their interactions with spacecraft surfaces, their coverage of the range of physical phenomena involved and their ability to model complex geometries and material combinations has tended to be fairly restricted. We have initiated the development of a(More)
An approach is presented to the construction of a liquid rocket Health Monitoring (HM) system capable of using both, vibratory and thermo-dynamic data. Preliminary results are obtained in the area of vibration data tracking/identification, using as a test bed a low-order linear dynamic model of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) High Pressure Fuel(More)
Hall thrusters and other types of electric propulsion have become a tempting alternative to traditional chemical propulsion systems due to the high specific impulses they provide at relatively high efficiencies. Unlike conventional chemical propulsion systems, electric propulsion devices do not rely on the internal energy stored within their propellant.(More)