Electric Propulsion on SMART-1 - A Technology Milestone
Publication date: 15 February 2007
Authors: Estublier, D. et al.
Journal: ESA Bulletin
In December 2002, when France's Stentor satellite was all set to use electric propulsion for stationkeeping, ESA's SMART-1 was just completing its first end-to-end spacecraft test. Then Stentor was lost in the Ariane-5 launch failure, making SMART-1 the first and only technology demonstration mission with Hall-effect plasma propulsion. As a result, there was a great deal of interest in the electric propulsion community in SMART-1's flight.Link to publication