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Title:Spaceborne centrifugal relays for spacecraft propulsion
Author(s):Ouzidane, Malika
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Singer, Clifford E.; Bergman, Lawrence A.
Department / Program:Aerospace Engineering
Discipline:Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Aerospace
Engineering, Electronics and Electrical
Abstract:Acceleration using centrifugal relays is a recently discovered method for the acceleration of spaceborne payloads to high velocity at high thrust. Centrifugal relays are moving rotors which progressively accelerate reaction mass to higher velocities. One important engineering problem consists of accurately tracking the position of the projectiles and rotors and guiding each projectile exactly onto the appropriate guide tracks on each rotor. The topics of this research are the system kinematics and dynamics and the computerized guidance system which will allow the projectile to approach each rotor with exact timing with respect to the rotor rotation period and with very small errors in lateral positions. Kinematics studies include analysis of rotor and projectile positions versus time and projectile/rotor interactions. Guidance studies include a detailed description of the tracking mechanism (interrupt of optical beams) and the aiming mechanism (electromagnetic focusing) including the design of electromagnetic deflection coils and the switching circuitry.
Issue Date:1993
Rights Information:Copyright 1993 Ouzidane, Malika
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9411740
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9411740

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