Air Propulsion Simulation

This document discusses the design and simulation of an air propulsion system for moving mining equipment on the Moon's surface. The author explores the feasibility of using an air propulsion system instead of solid rocket motors. The simulation involves calculations based on pressure, thrust, and mass of air in the tank. The author acknowledges that the simulation has uncertainties due to the compressibility of air. The results of the simulation show the thrust over time, with a significant error when the tank runs low. The air propulsion system is compared to commercially available rocket motors. The document concludes that the air propulsion system has impressive performance but lacks the ability to throttle engines. Future work involves determining the best motor for the mission and exploring thrust vector control and controller options.

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