Vector Inversion Power Conditioning for High Energy Propulsion Concepts
In this work, we will build and demonstrate a Spiral-line Vector Inversion Generator that can take electrostatically stored energy and convert it to high power, high frequency electromagnetic energy in essentially a one-component, one-step process. We will develop a theoretical description of the Vector Inversion Generator, extract design guidelines from the theory, and establish a relevant switch and materials data base for applications. Further, we will demonstrate that this device can operate, depending on the initial operating voltage, at power levels ranging from one kilowatt to gigawatts. This device will greatly simplify power conditioning in high energy pulsed electric thrusters since it effectively combines energy storage with power conditioning in one dynamic element. It allows a well defined and repeatable impulse bit to be delivered at high repetition rates. It may, in fact, enable some electric propulsion concepts for spacecraft applications ranging from simple station keeping to deep space propulsion. It is directly related to Sub-topic A6.01, High Energy Propulsion Technologies.
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