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Thomas R. Jarboe
A A 529
Seattle Campus

Space Propulsion

Nucleonics, and heat transfer of nuclear-heated rockets. Electrothermal, electromagnetic, and electrostatic thrusters. Power/propulsion systems. Prerequisite: permission. Offered: Sp, odd years.

Class description

Rocket propulsion; Comparison of chemical, electrical, and nuclear thrusters for space propulsion; Fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, plasma physics, and nucleonics; Physical descriptions of electrothermal, electromagnetic, and electromagnetic thrusters; Physical description of advanced space propulsion concepts based on fusion and fission energy. The course is designed to be self-contained but a basic understanding of thermodynamics, fluids, and differential equations is expected.

Student learning goals

Students will know the available systems for space propulsion, including cold-gas, chemical, electrothermal, electrostatic, and electromagnetic.

Students will know the available systems for space propulsion, including cold-gas, chemical, electrothermal, electrostatic, and electromagnetic.

Students will know the available systems for space propulsion, including cold-gas, chemical, electrothermal, electrostatic, and electromagnetic.

Students will know the available systems for space propulsion, including cold-gas, chemical, electrothermal, electrostatic, and electromagnetic.

Understand the physics of resistojets,arcjets,Pulsed plasma thruster, MPD arcs,Hall trusters, and electrostatic thrusters

Learn the limitations of chemical propulsion for space application

Learn how to find the optimum Isp

Understand the necessity of nuclear power for interplanetary space travel

Learn how to calculate the minimum trip times given a power to mass ratio

Understand fusion propulsion

General method of instruction

lectures, homework assignments, exams

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Thomas R. Jarboe
Date: 03/22/2011