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Welcome to the Propulsion Research Center

The Propulsion Research Center is your resource for:

  • Cost-effective fundamental and applied research
  • Nationally recognized faculty and students
  • State-of-the-art test facilities
  • Innovative solutions
UAH master’s student Ethan Hopping and UAH professor Dr. Gabe Xu partnered to design and test a Hall-effect thruster with a 3-D printed channel and propellant distributor.
 
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Ethan Hopping uses 3-D printing to successfully build and test Hall-effect thruster

Depending on the mission, electric propulsion systems like Hall-effect-thrusters can reduce the mass of propellant required by a factor of 10 or more as compared with chemical rockets.