Special Issue "Electric Propulsion"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Interests: electric propulsion; plasma; renewable energy; energy storage
Electric propulsion (EP) has led to a revolution in space mission capabilities, including unprecedented specific impulse, mission deltaV, thrust precision, and spacecraft control authority. These advancements are the result of significant experimental and modeling efforts, as well as technology demonstration missions. The space community is at an important stage with the development of new and exciting concepts for deep space and Earth-orbiting missions, including missions to the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and beyond; unprecedented space-based observatories; large satellites; small/nano satellites; satellite formations; and many other space missions—most of which can benefit from EP. This Special Issue on electric propulsion aims to discuss where we are, how we got here, and where we are headed with regard to current and emerging EP technology, experiments, modeling, theory, related science, and mission capabilities. Submissions are encouraged from all researchers engaged in EP who would like to be a part of this conversation.
Prof. Dr. Richard E. Wirz
Manuscript Submission Information
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Igor LEVCHENKO
Affiliation: Plasma Sources and Applications Centre | Space Propulsion Centre, Singapore NIE, Nanyang Technological University
Title: Cutting-Edge Arc-based Plasma Propulsion
Authors: G Herdrich
Affiliation: Priv. Doz. Dr.-Ing. Georg Herdrich Adj. Assoc. Prof./ Baylor University Institute of Space Systems Head Plasma Wind Tunnels and Electric Space Propulsion Pfaffenwaldring 29 70569 Stuttgart Germany
Title: Selected Advanced Plasma Propulsion Systems
Authors: G Herdrich
Affiliation: Priv. Doz. Dr.-Ing. Georg Herdrich Adj. Assoc. Prof./ Baylor University Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme Leiter Plasmawindkanäle und Elektrische Raumfahrtantriebe Pfaffenwaldring 29 70569 Stuttgart
Title: A Future Prospect of Electric Propulsion for Solar System Explorations
Authors: Ikkoh Funaki
Affiliation: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Abstract: Future prospect toward solar system exploration is discussed based on a brief overview of electric propulsion (EP) activities and an estimation of future activities. Currently, EP based projects for Lunar gateway and several probes for small bodies such as asteroids are going on, and higher energy missions such as Mars sample return is under planning. The trend required for EP based interplanetary spacecraft is shifting toward higher energy either in a short term (several years) or in a longer term (~ ten years or more), where the former case corresponds to Lunar or Mars cargo-type transfer vehicles and the latter case corresponds to outer solar system explorations. EP based systems are hence important to make efficient interplanetary transfer in the inner solar system as well as to realize long-distant cruise to reach outer planets. For these purposes, technology expansion is really required not only for high-power and large-scale applications but also for smaller and low power challenges.