Advanced materials for space propulsion: satellites and cubesats

  • Alexander, Katia (PI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    Poorly controlled interactions between plasmas and surfaces often mean loss of process efficiency and surface degradation over time. For Hall thrusters, a type of engine used to move satellites in space, this means increased fuel consumption and shorter useful life. Through modelling and experiment, this project will show how intelligent selection of advanced materials and plasma parameters can minimise surface wear, enable in situ material repair to extend device lifetime, and modulate plasma properties to increase thruster efficiency for a given task. These benefits enable reliable propulsion platforms for massive communication and observation satellite networks and deep space exploration.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date29/11/2028/11/24

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$956,912.00

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