May 2020 Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday May the 6th at 7:30 pm

Where: The meeting will be held online using Zoom. Please fill out the form below to get the meeting link.

What: Role of High-temperature Superconductors in Space Propulsion – Jakub Glowacki

This month’s meeting will contain the following:

  • Night sky in February
  • Astronomy News
  • Main talk start at around 8:00 pm

Current trends in satellites development focus on the design and delivery of new complex missions. Orbital satellite maintenance, life extension, low-altitude missions, precise attitude control and end-life decommissioning are widely discussed and have the potential to revolutionise space exploration. All of these missions will require efficient onboard propulsion which could deliver thrust with high mass-efficiency. This could be achieved by electric rocket propulsion which could provide a remarkably higher specific impulse than any other chemical technology. However, constrains connected with low thrust efficiency, thrust and electrodes long longevity have limited applicability of the technology. The solution could be through the application of high magnetic fields generated by low-weight superconducting systems.

This talk will cover basics of in-space propulsion technology concentrating on the past and present research activities on applied-field magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters. It will also address a question if recent progress in high-temperature superconductivity and miniatursiation of cryogenic technology could be a game-changer for plasma-based propulsion systems.

Jakub Glowacki is an aerospace engineer specialised in aircraft and space propulsion. He received his MS in 2010 from Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Warsaw in Astronomy. In 2016 he graduated from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) with a PhD for design and analysis of vortex hybrid rocket engines. After moving to New Zealand in 2018, he joined Robinson Research Institute as a Research Engineer working on the development of space propulsion systems as well as a new generation of highly efficient electric aircraft motor based on HTS technology.

His areas of expertise are rocket propulsion model-based design and optimisation. He worked on heat and mass transfer modelling, multi-stage chemical kinetic turbulent flows, and structural analysis of aerospace components.

Jakub is Research Engineer based at the Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington.


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