Project 1.1 Plasma Thrusters

ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs & Their Applications

The objective of this project is to extend the initial working model of the Miniaturized Charge eXchange Thruster (MCXT; provisional Australian patent), into a space-qualified, fully tested, and commercial thruster with a modular construction that can be
easily added externally to CubeSats. This project will refine the design by elucidating the plasma physics via theoretical modelling and spectroscopic experiments.

Project Chief / Partner Investigators:
Iver Cairns (Sydney – CI); Joe Khachan (Sydney – CI); Xiaofeng Wu (Sydney – CI); Weitang Li (DSTG – PI); Gregory Chamitoff (Texas A&M – PI)