BIT-1 with probes
HAN Decomposition Experiments
Air microbiome balloon project
BIT-1 RF ion thruster
LaB6 Cathode Prelight
RF ion thruster
WMU Parkview Campus
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
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.