Master of Science (MS)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Advances in satellite thruster technology have produced the requirement for high power electrical supplies to operate electrically augmented on-orbit propulsion systems. The power on board satellites is greatly limited by the solar panels that collect energy and the batteries that store the energy. In addition, satellites are constantly using power to operated their mission equipment and handle the communication requirements; This thesis investigates the power systems of modern satellites and the addition of an on-orbit electrically augmented propulsion system. The research process involves determining the system specifications, the power available and the thruster requirements. After determining the requirements, the implementation of the electrically augmented on-orbit propulsion system is characterized in terms of efficiency and potential electromagnetic compatibility. Several circuits are evaluated with the aid of PSPICE circuit simulation software and the results of the evaluation criteria for each circuit are presented.
Augmented; Converters; Electrically; Optimized; Orbit; Power; Propulsion; Systems
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Olyniec, Lee Michael, "Optimized power converters for electrically augmented on-orbit propulsion systems" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1463.