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When it comes to the next generation of space exploration, a number of key technologies are being investigated. In addition to spacecraft and launchers that will be able to send astronauts farther into the Solar System, NASA and other space agencies are also looking into new means of propulsion. Compared to conventional rockets, the goal is to create systems that offer reliable thrust while ensuring fuel-efficiency.
To this end, NASA has paired with Aerojet Rocketdyne, a California-based rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, to develop a Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Hall Effect thruster. Known as the Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS), the company recently completed a successful early systems integration test on this thruster, which will enable deep space exploration missions as well as commercial space endeavors.
The test took place at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and focused on the discharge supply unit (DSU) and the power processing unit (PPU), which were combined with a NASA-development thruster and then tested in a thermal vacuum chamber. The test proved that the system could covert power efficiently, turning solar energy into thrust while producing minimal waste heat.
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This article and its images were originally posted on [Universe Today] September 3, 2018 at 08:32PM. All credit to both the author Matt Williams and Universe Today | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.