Our Scientific Papers

Refereed journal articles


1. T. Lafleur, L. Habl, E. Zorzoli Rossi, and D. Rafalskyi

Development and validation of an iodine plasma model for gridded ion thrusters

Plasma Sources Science and Technology 31, 114001 (2022)

[https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6595/ac9ad7]

 

2. J. Martínez Martínez and D. Rafalskyi

Design and Development of Iodine Flow Control Systems for Miniaturized Thrusters

CEAS Space J, 14, 91-107 (2022)

[https://doi.org/10.1007/s12567-021-00384-2]

 

3. D. Rafalskyi, J. Martínez Martínez, L. Habl, E. Zorzoli Rossi, P. Proynov, A. Boré, T. Baret, A. Poyet, T. Lafleur, S. Dudin and A. Aanesland

In-orbit demonstration of an iodine electric propulsion system

Nature (2021).

[https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04015-y]

 

4. T. Lafleur and C. Corr

Characterization of a radio-frequency inductively coupled electrothermal plasma thruster

Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 130, no. 4, p. 043304 (2021).

[https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0056124]

 

5. L. Habl, D. Rafalskyi, and T. Lafleur

Secondary electron emission due to multi-species iodine ion bombardment of different target materials

Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 129, no. 15, p. 153302 (2021).

[https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0048447]

 

6. L. Habl, T. Lafleur, D. Rafalskyi and P. Chabert

Plasma plume expansion with pulsed electron neutralization

Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 30, no. 4, p. 045014 (2021).

[https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6595/abf1d5]

 

7. T. Lafleur 

Space-charge induced particle reflection between hybrid AC/DC biased electrodes

Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 30, no. 5, p. 055018 (2021).

[https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6595/abfbed]

 

8. T. Lafleur and N. Apffel

LEO constellation phasing using miniaturized low-thrust propulsion systems

Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, in press (2020).

[https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A34905]

 

9. L. Habl, D. Rafalskyi, and T. Lafleur

Ion beam diagnostic for the assessment of miniaturized electric propulsion systems

Review of Scientific Instruments 91, 093501 (2020).

[https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0010589]

 

10. T. Lafleur

Space-charge limited current with a finite injection velocity revisited

Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 29, no. 6, p. 065002 (2020).

[https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6595/ab9069]

 

11. T. Lafleur and D. Rafalskyi                             

Radio-frequency biasing of ion acceleration grids                                   

Plasma Sources Science and Technology 27, 125004 (2018).

[https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6595/aaf2b8]

 

12. D. Rafalskyi and A. Aanesland                  

Coincident ion acceleration and electron extraction for space propulsion using the self-bias formed on a set of RF biased grids bounding a plasma source                             

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47, 495203 (2014).

[https://doi.org/10.1088/0022-3727/47/49/495203]

 

Conference Articles


1. Boré, A., Proynov, P., Rafalskyi, D.

Improved Control Architecture and Strategy for Iodine Ion Thruster following In-Orbit Demonstration and System-Level Radiation Testing

37th International Electric Propulsion Conference 2022, Massachusetts institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA USA, June 19-23, 2022, Paper IEPC-2022-244

[https://www.electricrocket.org/IEPC_2022_Papers.html]

 

2. Boré, A., Proynov, P., Rafalskyi, D.

Control and Safety Algorithms of the NPT30-I2 Stand-alone Iodine Ion Thruster

8th International Space Propulsion Conference 2022, Estoril, Portugal, May 09-13, 2022

 

3. Bianchi, F. M., Zorzoli Rossi, E., Pimenta Cyrne, F., Coral, G.

Proof of Concept and Preliminary Design of a Superheated Water Vapor Thruster

8th International Space Propulsion Conference 2022, Estoril, Portugal, May 09-13, 2022

 

4. Martínez Martínez, J.

Optimization of the Ignition Delay of a Xenon Miniaturized Gridded Ion Thruster

International Astronautical Congress 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 25-29, 2021

 

5. Rafalskyi, D., Martínez Martínez, J., Habl, L., and Aanesland, A.

Development and In-Flight Testing of an Iodine Ion Thruster

35th Annual Small Satellite Conference, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, August 7-12, 2021, Paper SSC21-XI-04

[https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/SSC21-XI-04]

 

6. Rafalskyi, D., Martínez Martínez, J., Habl,L., Zorzoli Rossi, E., Proynov, P., Boré, A., Baret, T., Poyet, A., Lafleur, T., Dudin, S., Aanesland, A.

Development, Testing and First In-Orbit Results of an Iodine Electric Propulsion System

AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, 2021

 

7. Rafalskyi, D., Martíinez Martínez, J., Habl,L., Zorzoli Rossi, E. & Lafleur, T

Performance Characterization of a Miniaturized Gridded Ion Thruster Working with Iodine

AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, 2021

 

8. Martínez Martínez, J and D. Rafalskyi

Development of Iodine Propellant and Flow Control Units suitable for Multiple Propulsion Systems

Space Propulsion 2020+1 3AF, 2020

 

9. Zorzoli Rossi, E., Martinez Martinez, J. and Rafalskyi, D.

Direct Thrust Measurements of an Iodine Cold Gas Propulsion System

Space Propulsion 2020+1 3AF, 2021

 

10. J. Martinez Martínez, D. Rafalskyi, A. Aanesland, X. Laurand, S. Vega Martinez, and G. Quinsac

An Off-Axis Iodine Propulsion System for the Robusta-3A Mission

Small Satellite Conference, Utah State University, 2020

[https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/smallsat/2020/all2020/154/]

 

11. J. Martínez Martínez, D. Rafalskyi, E. Zorzoli Rossi and A. Aanesland                  

Development, Qualification and First Flight Data of the Iodine Based Cold Gas Thruster for CubeSats                      

5th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop, Rome, Italy, January 28- 31, 2020.

[https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11931384 ]

 

12. L. Habl, D. Rafalskyi, E. Z. Rossi, and A. Aanesland               

Planar probe array for bidimensional mapping of the ion flux profile of a miniaturized ion thruster     

36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, September 15-20, 2019, Paper IEPC-2019-777

[https://electricrocket.org/2019/777.pdf]

 

13. T. Lafleur, D. Rafalskyi, and A. Aanesland          

Radio-frequency biasing of ion thruster grids

36th International Electric Propulsion Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, September 15-20, 2019, Paper IEPC-2019-145

[https://electricrocket.org/2019/145.pdf]

 

14. J. Martínez Martínez, D. Rafalskyi and A. Aanesland                  

Development and Testing of the NPT30-I2 Iodine Ion Thruster                           

36th  International  Electric  Propulsion Conference, University of Vienna, Austria,September 15-20, 2019, Paper IEPC-2019-811

[https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11931363.v1]