Impact of hall thrusters on communication system phase noise

James C. Dickens, J. Mankowski, M. Kristiansen, E. O’Hair

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Experiments were conducted to determine the impact of Hall effect plasma thruster plumes on communication system phase noise. The tests were performed on several Hall thrusters including a T-100, a D-55 manufactured by TNIIMASH (Research Institute of Machine Building) and an SFT-100 manufactured by Fake1 Enterprises. The experiments included the use of a microwave spectrum analyzer as a receiver in a simulated microwave communication link. The phase noise level of the received signal shows a significant increase after passing through the plume of a Hall effect thruster. The level of phase noise increase is highly dependent upon the propagation path, carrier frequency and the level of thruster discharge current oscillations.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1995
Event31st Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1995 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 10 1995Jul 12 1995


Conference31st Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1995
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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