Concerning the design of a novel electromagnetic launcher for earth-to-orbit micro- and nanosatellite systems

Ugur Hasirci, Abdulkadir Balikci, Zivan Zabar, Leo Birenbaum

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Abstract

This paper presents an alternative launcher design for Earth-to-orbit (ETO) micro- and nanosatellite systems. The main goal of the design is to reduce the cost of the launching operation. This paper also addresses the calculation of the energy required for the launching operation and the selection of a power source for the designed satellite launcher. The method introduced here proposes a vertical-takeoff electromagnetic launcher for ETO micro- and nanosatellite systems. The design specifications are 7-km/s muzzle velocity and 30000-gee acceleration for a 10-kg payload. It is expected that the proposed design would present a viable alternative to conventional launchers for ETO systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5595026
Pages (from-to)498-503
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Volume39
Issue number1 PART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Coilguns
  • electromagnetic launchers (EMLs)
  • microsatellite systems
  • nanosatellite systems
  • railguns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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