International Collaboration between Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Following a successful completion of the 3-year research and development project Ã¢â¬ËDevelopment of a Hollow Cathode ThrusterÃ¢â¬â¢, the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory (TDHVL) has recently started an international partnership programme with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Ã¢â¬ÅThe hollow cathode is one of the key components for modern propulsion thruster designs, which emits electrons for long-time space applicationsÃ¢â¬Â, said project leader Professor Steve Gabriel.
The collaboration aims to:
- Establish the scaling laws and physical modelling of hollow cathodes for a variety of current classes
- Develop a 100-A-class hollow cathode design for future high power electric propulsion
- Enable space applications of high power electric propulsion in Japan and the UK based on the cathode technology achieved by this collaboration.
Fundamental to this work is TDHVLÃ¢â¬â¢s knowledge and research ability in numerical modelling techniques, as well as its research strength in state-of-the-art space science. The partnership will be the cornerstone for future international R&D collaborations between TDHVL and JAXA.