BIT-1 with probes

BIT-1 with probes

WHT44-2

WHT44-2

HAN Decomposition Experiments

HAN Decomposition Experiments

Air microbiome balloon project

Air microbiome balloon project

BIT-1 RF ion thruster

BIT-1 RF ion thruster

LaB6 Cathode Prelight

LaB6 Cathode Prelight

ALPE

ALPE

LaB6 Cathode

LaB6 Cathode

RF ion thruster

RF ion thruster

LaB6 cathode

LaB6 cathode

WHT44-1

WHT44-1

WMU Parkview Campus

WMU Parkview Campus

About:

The Aerospace Laboratory for Plasma Experiments (ALPE) invesitgates plasma for space propulsion, evnironmental concerns, and enhanced manufacturing. We design plasma experiments and diagnostic devices for measuring plasma properties. We have modeling capabilities to simulate plasma devices, ionization, and decomposition. The student lead Western Aerospace Launch Initiative (WALI) small satellite team collaborates with ALPE, and we strive to work together to build a small satellite to be used for on orbit plasma diagnostics of electric propulsion systems

Laboratory Mission:

The goals of ALPE's experimental and theoretical research program are to:

  1.  Build physical and non-intrusive plasma diagnostic tools to further the understanding of plasma

     phenomena and physics.

  2.  Collaborate with the student group at WMU, WALI, to build satellites 

  3.  Understand basic plasma physics

  4.  Research electric propulsion devices, methods, propellants, and spacecraft integration

 

  5.  Identify future directions for plasma research and applications, and lead the discovery process.

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