Jarred Young

PhD Student

Department of Aerospace Engineering
2101 Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742
Graduate Research Assistant
Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory
Phone: (301) 405-8562 | E-mail: jyoung11 (at) umd.edu


Research Interests

Space propulsion systems, electrostatic thruster technology, space launch systems, charged particle dynamics, plasma-material interactions

Dissertation Topic

Effect of Energetic Ion Plume Impact on Spacecraft Materials


Electric propulsion systems used in space formation flight operations provide many advantages over other systems due to their higher specific impulses. However, the plasma plume from such systems can cause a potential litany of problems for the mission, including material wear on the spacecraft from plume impingement effects and lowered efficiency of solar cells due to plume damage. This study aims to look at the plume impingement effects of a spacecraft in a leader-follower formation at a separation distance of 500 meters and looking at structural damage effects and solar cell effectiveness at energy ranges between 150-1500 eV using both a lab-grade ion engine and sputter ion source.