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AstroMagnetics at IAC 2022

Dr Adam Baker of Astromagnetic Systems will be presenting three papers at @IAC2022 on applications of fusion energy derived high temperature superconducting magnets in space at IAC later this month. Be sure to drop in find out about AstroMagnetics sustainable space technologies.

Electric space propulsion using HTS magnets:

An enabling benefit of superconducting magnets is their ability to confine and focus high plasma densities. Pulsed power electric propulsion concepts for example the Magdrive, can benefit from high field strength superconducting electromagnets.

The paper discusses system engineering efforts addressing the thermal management and power supply challenges faced when integrating superconducting electromagnet, power supply and coolers into a spacecraft.

Power systems challenges of HTS magnets in space:

This paper has introduced the phenomenon of superconductivity, in particular modern high temperature superconductor or HTS materials, along with some examples. HTS components and in particular HTS electromagnets have significant potential to benefit a wide range of space applications from exploration to active debris removal in Earth orbit.

The challenges to the required system engineering, including meeting thermomechanical requirements, are discussed, along with Rocket Engineering’s work with Tokamak Energy to address these, and their future roadmap to bring them to successful use in space applications.

HTS magnets to facilitate active debris removal missions:

This paper explores the potential for using high temperature superconductor (or HTS) magnets in Active Debris Removal (ADR missions). Specifically, HTS’s use in propulsion and in non-contact detumbling of uncooperative targets are discussed, Rocket Engineering’s research to date in these areas, and the pathway to raising the TRL and deployment in space.

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