SP3 has invented the world's first Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT). This new propulsion concept has the potential to propel humans to Mars and beyond and greatly decrease the costs of maintaining satellites and spacecraft in their desired orbits.
A new concept in electric propulsion, the DS4G ion thruster for interplanetary space craft was successfully tested in late 2005 by the European Space Agency and the Australian National University.
Since 2004 SP3 has been developing a new generation of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. We are applying our expertise in plasma physics, plasma chemistry and materials processing to the manufacturing of efficient PEM fuel cells based around plasma processing techniques.
Other research areas
- Fundamental plasma physics
- Plasma processing
- Plasma simulations
- Nano-structures and nano-devices