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Development and Testing of Propulsion Systems for Small Satellite Platforms

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Surrey Space Centre, part of the Department of Electronic Engineering, is a world-class institution for Space Engineering research with a growing interest in Propulsion for the small satellite industry. The downscaling of thrusters for application on small satellite platforms is a subject of ongoing research within the Surrey Space Centre.

The successful candidate will join the plasma dynamics and propulsion group, and be conducting hands-on laboratory investigations on innovative propulsion prototypes (Chemical or Electric Propulsion).
In particular, the PhD project involves the following activities:
• Design and development of novel propulsion concepts for small satellite platforms.
• Design and implementation of testbeds for the development of propulsion systems.
• Performance characterization of propulsion devices.
• Experimental investigations combined with analytical modeling for characterizing the underlying physics of the propulsion devices.

Project duration is 3 years with a start date of October 2019. (Later start date can be discussed.)

How to apply:
A formal application form is now available at:
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/space-engineering-phd


For informal discussions please contact Dr Andrea Lucca Fabris ()

Funding Notes

All university fees will be covered for UK/EU citizens with a base stipend of approximately £15,000 per annum.

Eligibility:
- First class degree in Engineering, Physics or a closely related Physical Science.
- UK or EU
- Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component.

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