Determination of a force transmitted by a plume of an ion thruster to an orbital object

1Alpatov, AP, 2Zakrzhevskii, AE, 3Merino, M, 1Fokov, AA, 1Khoroshylov, SV, 3Cichocki, F
1Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
2S.P. Timoshenko Institute of Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
3Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganés, Spain
Space Sci.&Technol. 2016, 22 ;(1):52-63
https://doi.org/10.15407/knit2016.01.052
Publication Language: Russian
Abstract: 
An approach to determine the force transmitted to an orbital object by the plume of the ion thruster using its central projection on a selected plane has been proposed. A photo camera has been used to obtain the image of the object central projection. We developed the algorithms, which allow 1) to calculate the transmitted force, including determination of the contour of the object projection, and 2) to calculate, using this contour, the ion beam elements, which irradiate the surface.
Keywords: orbital object, the central projection of the transmitted power, the torch and the electric motor
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