Hall Thruster Database


Arizona State University – Online


Nickel Class (2020 – 2021)


Kevin Wilkinson, Software Engineering
Jessica Kuksuk, Software Engineering
Steven Hudson, Software Engineering
Justin Grindal, Software Engineering


Dr. Jason Frieman, NASA Glenn Research Center


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


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 created and deployed 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.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses. 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.