Revolutionizing The Space Missions: Rise Of Electric Propulsion

Ashwini Anand Gaonkar, Pramod Balwantrao Salunkhe

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The electric propulsion system is an excellent alternative in the field of propulsion systems in satellites and spacecraft. The limitations imposed by the conventional chemical propulsion systems make the inter-orbital space missions quite restrictive and hence, the ever-increasing technology involving space missions require a reliable source of propulsion, which is obtained from the electric propulsion system. The major areas of development in this field deals with the electric thrusters, which form an integral part of the system. The study of this domain is crucial as the ever-increasing technology poses a great demand on the existing systems, which either needs upgradation or an improved alternative. This study comprises of the application of the electric propulsion technology in satellites and small spacecraft used in the outer space missions. Four types of satellites are focused upon: the GEO Satellite, the LEO Satellite, Deep Space Spacecraft and Small Spacecraft. Different subclasses of the electric thrusters used in different missions are also studied

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum 2022
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
ISBN (Print)9781624106316
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 03-01-202207-01-2022

Publication series

NameAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022


ConferenceAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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