STG-CT: High-vacuum plume test facility for chemical thrusters
AbstractThe STG-CT, operated by the DLR Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology in Göttingen, is a vacuum facility specically designed to provide and maintain a space-like vacuum environment for researching plume flow and plume impingement from satellite reaction control thrusters. Its unique liquid-helium driven cryopump of 30m2 allows maintaining a background pressure <10^-5 mbar even when molecular hydrogen is a plume constituent.
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Cite article as: DLR Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology. (2016). STG-CT: High-vacuum plume test facility for chemical thrusters. Journal of large-scale research facilities, 2, A86. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-139
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