[amsat-bb] The Goce Satellite Ion Engine
bill at hsmicrowave.com
Fri Mar 13 08:24:50 PDT 2009
Following up on David's (G0MRF) post about the ion engine, the ESA Goce
satellite mission, due to launch next week, uses a nifty ion engine
which you can see at:
I believe these engines will soon become "practical" for use in
satellite orbital modification. David presented a fine paper at the 2008
AMSAT Symposium in Atlanta showing how it would be possible to launch
(relatively inexpensively) to LEO and then over time, using small thrust
engines, modify the orbit to MEO. He also shows how the MEO orbit could
provide a significant portion of a HEO's orbit visibility time.
Possibly a reduced cost way to achieve extended satellite visibility at
a price tag much less than the $8 to $10 million dollar GTO launch cost.
If any of our members/readers have leads/contacts with folks doing ion
engine development work that might be looking for a satellite test
vehicle, please contact me off list.
Regards...Bill - N6GHz`
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