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SP2ARK - Space Plasma Propulsion: Advancements, Research, and Know-how

Seasonal School SP2ARK


Deadline for Registration

April 6, 2025


May 26th-30th, 2025

Learning objectives

The SP2ARK Seasonal School will introduce participants to the topic of plasma-based electric propulsion (EP), which represents an enabling technology for a growing number of space applications, from low Earth orbit constellations to interplanetary missions. Interest in EP systems has accelerated in recent years, thanks to the technological maturity achieved by several concepts and the growth of a new space economy. However, the development of electric thrusters involves competencies that are challenging to gather in conventional university courses, ranging from space system design and mission analysis to plasma physics, electronic engineering, space environment simulation, and on-ground testing. The SP2ARK Seasonal School will address these topics and the research activities underlying the development of electric propulsion systems.

Teaching methodologies

Students will find an interactive and cross-disciplinary learning environment that will engage them with discussions on case studies and laboratory activities. By integrating theoretical concepts with practical hands-on experiences, the seasonal school will allow the participants to acquire a deeper understanding of space propulsion, low-temperature plasmas, vacuum technology, and laboratory testing. The teaching approach will also rely on interactions with researchers and professionals active in the aerospace industry to provide real world examples and lessons learnt.

Target participants

Undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students from different backgrounds (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, economics) who are interested in the development of innovative solutions for space exploration, combining theories and case studies with hands-on laboratory experience.

Coordinator and Key teaching staff

Coordinator: Tommaso Andreussi

Key teaching staff: Fabrizio Paganucci, Vittorio Giannetti, Andrea Macchi, Eugenio Ferrato