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Development of ion thruster IT-500

  • Anatoly S. Koroteev
  • Alexander S. Lovtsov
  • Vyacheslav A. Muravlev
  • Mikhail Y. Selivanov
  • Andrey A. ShagaydaEmail author
Regular Article
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  1. Topical Issue: Physics of Ion Beam Sources

Abstract

A high-power ion thruster IT-500 was designed, manufactured and tested at Keldysh Research Center within a transport-power module project. This module is being designed to perform near-Earth space and interplanetary transport missions. In its nominal operation mode, IT-500 provides thrust in the range from 375 to 750 mN at specific impulse of 70 000 m/s and thrust efficiency of 0.75. Due to a high cost of the experimental testing of a large thruster, the emphasis was placed on the numerical optimization of the thruster design. The thruster completed performance tests and a 300 h wear test. The output characteristics of the thruster, obtained during the tests, confirmed the correctness of the provisional numerical optimization. IT-500 design, performance, and validation of the design approaches are discussed in this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anatoly S. Koroteev
    • 1
  • Alexander S. Lovtsov
    • 1
  • Vyacheslav A. Muravlev
    • 1
  • Mikhail Y. Selivanov
    • 1
  • Andrey A. Shagayda
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.SSC FSUE “Keldysh Research Center”MoscowRussia

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