Hall Thruster Database

INSTITUTION

Arizona State University

CLASS

Nickel Class (2020 – 2021)

STUDENT TEAM

Kevin Wilkinson
Jaehoon Cho
Jessica Kuksuk
Steven Hudson

ACADEMIC GUIDANCE

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Psyche spacecraft will utilize an electric propulsion system composed of a set of Hall effect thrusters (HETs) in order to enable the spacecraft to reach the asteroid and maintain each of its science orbits. On the ground, HETs are testing in large vacuum facilities in order to simulate space conditions and these tests result in published studies, reports, and datasets. Building off work completed last year, the student team performed a survey of published literature in order to identify existing Hall thruster systems and relevant specifications (i.e., TRL, power level, performance metrics, etc.). The team then compiled the data into a database with a corresponding user interface that can be easily searched by mission designers to identify and select the appropriate electric propulsion system for their application.