EM modelling of RF propagation through plasma plumes

  • Pandolfo L
  • Bandinelli M
  • Quijano J
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Abstract

Electric propulsion is a commercially attractive solution for attitude and position control of geostationary satellites. Hall-effect ion thrusters generate a localized plasma flow in the surrounding of the satellite, whose impact on the communication system needs to be qualitatively and quantitatively assessed. An electromagnetic modelling tool has been developed and integrated into the Antenna Design Framework - ElectroMagnetic Satellite (ADF-EMS). The system is able to guide the user from the plume definition phases through plume installation and simulation. A validation activity has been carried out and the system has been applied to the plume modulation analysis of SGEO/Hispasat mission. © 2012 ESA.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Antenna design
  • Antennas
  • Attractive solutions
  • Communication systems
  • Electric propulsion
  • Electromagnetic modelling
  • Electromagnetic wave propagation
  • Geostationary satellites
  • Ion thruster
  • Plasma plumes
  • RF propagation

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Authors

  • L Pandolfo

  • M Bandinelli

  • J L A Quijano

  • G Vecchi

  • H Pawlak

  • F Marliani

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