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Simulation of the microwave propagation through the plume of a Hall thruster integrated on small spacecraft

Mejanes de, Naomi and Pascaud, Romain and Mazières, Valentin and Rossi, Alberto and Laquerbe, Vincent and Garrigues, Laurent and Pascal, Olivier Simulation of the microwave propagation through the plume of a Hall thruster integrated on small spacecraft. (2022) Journal of Applied Physics, 131 (24). 243303. ISSN 0021-8979

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0095134


More and more CubeSats are being launched. On these small platforms, subsystems such as propulsion and communication ones have to coexist. This article focuses on electromagnetic interaction between these two critical subsystems. Hence, a numerical multi-physics method is proposed in order to quantify perturbation caused by an electric thruster’s plume on the antenna of a CubeSat type spacecraft. A plume simulation model has been coupled with electromagnetic simulation software. As an example, the farfield radiation patterns and radioelectric characteristics of a 436 MHz dipole are presented when located near a Hall thruster’s plume on a 6U type platform. Changes in radiation patterns are observed in the presence of plume for the dipole antenna. This versatile method makes it possible to represent microwave propagation through a plume for various antennas, thruster’s plumes, or relative positions.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:13 Jul 2022 14:26

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