16.522 Space Propulsion, Spring 2004
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Space Propulsion begins with a review of rocket propulsion fundamentals. The course then proceeds into advanced propulsion concepts, ranging from chemical to electrical engines. Propulsion system selection criteria and mission analysis are introduced. The bulk of the semester is devoted to the physics and engineering of various engine classes, including electrothermal, electrostatic and electro-magnetic. Specific topics include arcjets, ion engines, Hall thrusters and colloid thrusters.
space propulsion, rocket propulsion, spacecraft propulsion requirements, propulsion, space mission analysis, hydrazine, monopropellant thrusters, bipropellants, solid propellant, arcjets, ion engines, hall thrusters, electromagnetic plasma acceleration, pulsed plasma thrusters, colloid thrusters, FEEP thrusters, Space vehicles--Electric propulsion systems