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ME Winter Seminar - 1/29/14


You are cordially invited to the Mechanical Department Seminar Series

Speaker: Daniel White
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Location: Bannan Hall 142 (Law Building)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Frontiers of In-Space Propulsion


Space propulsion refers to the application of propulsive forces required for orbit maintenance, station-keeping and deep-space maneuvers on vehicles outside planetary atmospheres. A broad range of flight proven systems and engineering concepts exist to provide this function. This survey presentation will cover the current state-of-the-art for in-space propulsion, including both chemical and electric propulsion systems, and explore some of the current hardware development efforts for near-term future applications. Some additional medium- and far-term concepts will be outlined, including discussion of their utility in furthering human exploration of the solar system and beyond.


Daniel White has a background in the fields of electrical and aerospace engineering. He completed his BS at Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering in 2006, and his MS and Ph. D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering at MIT in 2008 & 2011 respectively. Daniel has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for approximately 7 years. He has worked for Defense contractor Lockheed Martin, as well as in the commercial sector for Space Systems / Loral on commercial spacecraft electric propulsion systems.