High power electromagnetic propulsion research at the NASA Glenn Research Center

LaPointe, Michael R.; Sankovic, John M.
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p1538
Academic Journal
Interest in megawatt-class electromagnetic propulsion has been rekindled to support newly proposed high power orbit transfer and deep space mission applications. Electromagnetic thrusters can effectively process megawatts of power to provide a range of specific impulse values to meet diverse in-space propulsion requirements. Potential applications include orbit raising for the proposed multi-megawatt Space Solar Power Satellite and other large commercial and military space platforms, lunar and interplanetary cargo missions in support of the NASA Human Exploration and Development of Space strategic enterprise, robotic deep space exploration missions, and near-term interstellar precursor missions. As NASA’s lead center for electric propulsion, the Glenn Research Center is developing a number of high power electromagnetic propulsion technologies to support these future mission applications. Program activities include research on MW-class magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters, high power pulsed inductive thrusters, and innovative electrodeless plasma thruster concepts. Program goals are highlighted, the status of each research area is discussed, and plans are outlined for the continued development of efficient, robust high power electromagnetic thrusters. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


Related Articles

  • Flyback rockets could boost shuttle's life span. Pope, Gregory T.; Chien, Philip // Popular Mechanics;Apr94, Vol. 171 Issue 4, p15 

    Reports on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) use of reusable liquid-fueled boosters for its space shuttles. Features; Savings for NASA; Advantages over flyback boosters.

  • NASA Revisits Nuclear Propulsion For Long Space Missions. Scott, William B. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;10/30/2000, Vol. 153 Issue 18, p72 

    Focuses on the development of nuclear-powered electric propulsion systems by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States. Efforts of NASA to conduct deep-space exploration missions; Application of the gas-core nuclear rocket (GCNR) to space vehicles; Advantages...

  • Solar rocketry.  // Popular Mechanics;Jan99, Vol. 176 Issue 1, p17 

    Provides information on the propulsion system for space probes developed by the United States National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) for its New Millennium space programs. Technology used in the propulsion system; Application of the system in the Deep Space 1.

  • NASA Explores Propellant-Free Space Travel.  // R&D Magazine;May99, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p9 

    Focuses on the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) first demonstration of the Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer (ProSEDS), a propellant-free space propulsion system. Reason for experimenting with tethers; Comments from Les Johnson, principal investigator for...

  • NASA Studies Hyperdrives. Wilson, Jim; Chaikin, Don // Popular Mechanics;Sep99, Vol. 176 Issue 9, p30 

    Provides information on propulsion systems being built by engineers at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • Orbital ATK Tests Five-Segment Solid-Fuel Booster. Morring, Jr., Frank // Aerospace Daily & Defense Report;3/12/2015, Vol. 251 Issue 46, p2 

    The article reports on the evaluation of data by solid-propulsion engineers from the static test of a five-segment solid-rocket booster designed to boost the planned Space Launch System heavy lifter of the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).

  • Lunar Assist Eyed for Satcom.  // Aviation Week & Space Technology;8/28/2000, Vol. 153 Issue 9, p49 

    Reports plans to launch a space shuttle mission to propel Hughes-built Orion 3 spacecraft around the moon. Efficacy of using lunar gravity in aiding the propulsion of the spacecraft; Concerns over the implementation of the shuttle mission by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

  • NASA pioneers Mars return. Anselmo, Joseph C. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;3/18/1996, Vol. 144 Issue 12, p42 

    Reports that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking at ways to tap Mars' resources to manufacture propellant for a spacecraft's return trip. The idea known as In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU); Intended to bring back to Earth a robotic spacecraft and rover which...

  • News breaks.  // Aviation Week & Space Technology;8/5/1996, Vol. 145 Issue 6, p15 

    Reports that Aerojet and National Aeronautics and Space Administration are working out details of developing a strutjet propulsion system that could reduce cost of space vehicles.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics