Hall Thruster Visualization & Animation – Polytechnic


Arizona State University (Polytechnic Campus)


Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)


Bryan Culver, Software Engineering
Kyle Johnson, Software Engineering
Julio Jovel, Software Engineering
Ira Sigman, Software Engineering
Cameron Troy, Software Engineering


Dr. Doug Sandy, Lecturer, Engineering Academic & Student Affairs, ASU


The Psyche mission will rely on Hall thrusters (a form of electric propulsion) in order to propel the spacecraft on its journey to (16) Psyche. Despite their extensive use on-board a variety of spacecraft, these thrusters are largely unfamiliar to the general public. In this project, the team is creating an entertaining interactive visualization depicting how these thrusters work and the benefits of using them for a general audience.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Course “SER 401”. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission (https://psyche.asu.edu). “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.