3 Credits

LectureFall 2024
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Fall 2024 Instructors: Alexey Shashurin

Spacecraft electric propulsion systems are intended to provide thrust for propelling spacecrafts in interplanetary missions, orbital maneuvers, and attitude control. The course will start with reviewing material on the mechanics and thermodynamics of propulsion, and identifying the niche occupied by the electric propulsion systems. The course will cover elements of plasma physics and electromagnetic theory essential for studying the electric propulsion systems. The core of the course will focus on studying various electric propulsion concepts which utilize electric power produced on-board to generate thrust. Mechanisms of the utilization of the electric power to accelerate gas or plasma and produce thrust will be considered, including electrothermal, electrostatic, electromagnetic, and gasdynamic acceleration mechanisms.

Course AAE 53400 from Purdue University - West Lafayette.

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