To test ion engines, it is necessary to create conditions close to space on Earth. To do this, vacuum chambers of a sufficiently large volume are manufactured with a powerful pumping system, dispersion devices and protection against plasma flow.
For ease of maintenance and operation, the test engine is placed in a pre-chamber, which can be cut off from the main vacuum chamber.
Xenon rate (before modernization)
Plasmajet engine power (before modernization)
Xenon rate (after modernization)
Plasmajet engine power (after modernization)
60 … 80 kW
Inside diameter of general vacuum chamber
Length of general vacuum chamber
Inside diameter of pre-chamber
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