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Hall Thruster Visualization & Animation – Penn State (Behrend)

INSTITUTION

Penn State Behrend

CLASS

Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)

STUDENT TEAM

Shrey Kumar Arora, Software Engineering
Morgan Atterholt, Software Engineering
Donald Birx, Computer Science

ACADEMIC GUIDANCE

Dr. Dean Lewis, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Penn State Behrend

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.