Thruster

HiPEP Multiple-Cathode Discharge Chamber (MCDC)


LM4 operation with beam extraction in PEPL LVTF (chamber lights on). The engine is mounted on the thrust stand. The camera in mounted to an arm (shown in foreground) that is attached to a rotational theta table mounted above the engine.

Developed
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Tested at PEPL
2004 – 2005

Developer
NASA GRC

NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) developed the 30-kW High Power Electric Propulsion (HiPEP) ion thruster for NASA’s nuclear-powered Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO). During 2002-2005, the primary objective of the NASA-GRC funded Multiple-Cathode Discharge Chamber (MCDC) project was to investigate the benefits of using two or more discharge cathodes to extend thruster life for JIMO.

Selected Publications


  • Performance of the H9 Magnetically Shielded Hall Thrusters

    Cusson, S. E., Hofer, R. R., Lobbia, R. B., Jorns, B. A., and Gallimore, A. D.

    35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta,GA, IEPC-2017-239, 2017

  • The H9 Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster

    Hofer, R.R., Cusson, S.E., Lobbia, R.B., and Gallimore, A.D.

    35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta,GA, IEPC-2017-232, 2017

  • Dispersion relation measurements of plasma modes in the near-field plume of a 9-kW magnetically shielded thruster

    Brown, Z. A., and Jorns, B. A.

    35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta, GA, IEPC-2017-387, 2017

  • Experimental Evidence for Ion Acoustic Solitons in the Plume of a Hollow Cathode

    Georgin, M.P., Jorns, B.A., and Gallimore, A.D.

    2nd Space Propulsion Conference, Sevilla, Spain, SPC18-403, May 14-18, 2018

  • Ion Acoustic Turbulence in the Hollow Cathode Plume of a Hall Effect Thruster

    Cusson, S.E., Brown., Z, Dale, E.T., Jorns, B.A., and Gallimore, A.D.

    54th AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cincinnati, OH, AIAA-2018-4509, July 9-11, 2018

  • Non-Invasive Characterization of the Ionization Region of a Hall Effect Thruster

    Dale, E.T. and Jorns, B.A.

    54th AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cincinnati, OH, AIAA-2018-4508, July 9-11, 2018

  • Spatial Evolution of Plasma Waves in the Near-field of a Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster

    Brown, Z. and Jorns, B.A.

    54th AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cincinnati, OH, AIAA-2018-4423, July 9-11, 2018