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Development Activities on an Advanced Propellant Flow Control Unit

By Noci G, Siciliano P F, Fallerini L, Kutufà N, Rivetti A, Galassi C, Bruschi P and Piotto M


A new generation of propellant control equipment for electric propulsion systems is needed in order to improve performance and operating ranges, symplify h/w configuration, reduce mass and dimensions, eliminate mass flow ripple, reduce time response. In this frame, the development of key components, their assembly and experimental investigation/ validation is on-going at Alenia Spazio-Laben/Business Unit Proel Tecnologie ( Proel in the following ) in the frame of an ESA GSTP program. The new components shall support different EP technologies, future EP multi-tasking capability and wide operating ranges. This paper reports about the development effort, its achievements and perspectives

Publisher: ESA Publication Division
Year: 2004
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