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9.1 Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Spacecraft propulsion is based on jet propulsion as used by rocket motors. The principle of rocket propulsion was known as far back as 360B.C. In the 13th century solid rocket-powered arrows were used by the Chinese military. The Second World War and the cold war advanced rocket missile development in modern time. Later, space opened up to exploration and commercial exploitation by satellites and robot spacecraft. This book will introduce the basic aspects of rocket propulsion, with focus on analysis and performance of spacecraft propulsion systems. Key features and performance characteristics of existing and planned (near future) propulsion systems for use on spacecraft are summarized. More (pdf) Page 1 of 1 9.1 Spacecraft Propulsion Systems 2007-03-12 http://www.energy.kth.se/compedu/webcompedu/S1_Heat_and_Power_Technology/. ..
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9.2 Educational Objectives In this chapter you will learn about: Different applications of propulsion Typical space propulsion tasks The main characteristics of spacecraft propulsion What kind of propulsion systems exist Page 1 of 1 9.2 Educational Objectives 2007-03-12 http://www.energy.kth.se/compedu/webcompedu/S1_Heat_and_Power_Technology/. ..
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Need of Propulsion Propulsion is needed to: Place payloads into orbit: launch propulsion is used; Send payloads to the moon or to the planets: space propulsion is used; Position, adjust and maintain orbits of spacecrafts by orbit control : auxiliary propulsion is used; Orient spacecraft by attitude control : auxiliary propulsion also called reaction- control systems is used. Page 1 of 1
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S1B8C1 Handout - 9.1 Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Page 1...

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