Hall Thruster Visualization & Animation – Penn State (Behrend)
Penn State Behrend
Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)
Shrey Kumar Arora, Software Engineering
Morgan Atterholt, Software Engineering
Donald Birx, Computer Science
Dr. Dean Lewis, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Penn State Behrend
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.