Aerospace Propulsion Systems

Welcome to! I've created this page to present the work and research scientists have done on electrical aerospace propulsion systems such as magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) and arcjet thrusters. This work is both my hobby and the focus of study
My interest in electrical propulsion began as a bit of a dining hall brainwave. One of my aeronautical engineering buddies remarked over a particularly uninspiring dinner that he had always wanted to see a magnetoplasmadynamic thruster fire and proceeded to explain how these devices work. The basic construction is simple enough, involving only a power supply, some capacitors, and a suitable spark gap. The first design was soundly within the category of "kludge", but adequately demonstrated this simple device which at the time amounted to a large spark machine. More advanced designs quickly appeared and were built, culminating in an independent study and finally a Masters thesis project. 

Anyway, on to the good stuff.