Spectroscopic plume analysis of the phoenix mars lander hydrazine monopropellant thrusters

David Plemmons, Kent Wilcher, Leslie Tamppari, Peter Smith, Lewis Peach

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Abstract

Emission testing was performed on two hydrazine monopropellant thrusters to characterize the products of the catalytic decomposition of the hydrazine fuel. These thrusters are part of the landing system on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. Gas samples were extracted during engine testing and analyzed using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The spectrometer was calibrated to measure hydrazine, ammonia, and water vapor. The results of the emissions test reported in this paper compare favorably with theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
Pages6874-6879
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 10 2007
Event43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Jul 8 2007Jul 11 2007

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
Volume7

Other

Other43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period7/8/077/11/07

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science

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Plemmons, D., Wilcher, K., Tamppari, L., Smith, P., & Peach, L. (2007). Spectroscopic plume analysis of the phoenix mars lander hydrazine monopropellant thrusters. In Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference (pp. 6874-6879). (Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference; Vol. 7).