Available student project - System calculations for hunter killer satellites

Research fields

  • Engineering in Physics
  • Plasma Applications and Technology

Project details

In collaboration with our Japanese colleagues, we have developed a prototype plasma thruster with diametrically opposed nozzles that can be controlled to push the satellite forward or backward. Using autonomous on board radar, the satellite can hunt pieces of space junk and blast them with one of the plasma nozzles whilst the other plasma nozzle keeps the satellite close to the space junk. Research on this topic is extremely broad and extends from investigating the basic physics of collisionless non-local plasma phenomena occurring in the nozzle to working out Keplerian elements of the orbits and strategies on finding and following the space junk.

Required background

A background in Physics or Engineering is desirable.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours or MSc project
  • Phd or MPhil

Contact supervisor

Boswell, Roderick profile

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