News and Highlights
Kickoff of CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT) on Kickstarter. Contribute to this exciting project to develop interplanetary propulsion systems!
Congratulations to Ray Liang for successfully defending his thesis: "The Combination of Two Concentric Discharge Channels into a Nested Hall-Effect Thruster."
Dr. Tom Liu completed his Post-Doc at PEPL and joined Prof. Walker at HPEPL.
Dr. Mike McDonald and Mike Sekerak presented at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, MT.
Congratulations to Adam Shabshelowitz for successfully defending his thesis: "Study of RF Plasma Technology Applied to Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion"
and joining MIT Lincoln Labs.
The PEPL Mission
The experimental and theoretical research program is guided by three goals:
- To make electric propulsion (EP) devices more efficient and of better performance
- To Understand spacecraft integration issues that could impede the widespread use of these devices on scientific, commercial, and military spacecraft
- To identify non-propulsion applications of EP systems (e.g., plasma processing, space-plasma simulation)