We research propulsion solutions that enable new classes of space missions, working at the intersection of propulsion hardware and mission design. We research high-efficiency electric propulsion systems for spacecraft to improve upon their designs and the feasibility of mission integration. Our long term goals are to enable sustainable exploration of the solar system starting with propellant depots in Earth and lunar orbits and extending to interplanetary architectures.
Overview of Numerical Research (click here to find more)
Multiscale plume modeling, from MD particle collisions (nm) to single emitter n-body plume (µm) and array of emitters (mm)
Overview of Experimental Research (click here to find more)
Domain of experimental research: Characterizing surface deposition, surface-impact byproducts, nanoscale additive manufacturing, and more.