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Dr Andrea Lucca Fabris is a lecturer in Electric Propulsion at the Surrey Space Centre. His research interests include the experimental characterisation and numerical simulation of advanced plasma sources for space propulsion and industrial applications.

Andrea received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering (with honours) and a PhD in Sciences, Technologies and Measurements for Space from the University of Padua (Italy). During his PhD, he spent almost one year at Stanford University (USA) as a visiting PhD student. From 2014-2015, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Stanford University (USA) and in 2016, he joined the Surrey Space Centre (UK).

During his career, he has worked on several plasma propulsion technologies including established technologies (Hall thrusters), intermediate development systems (Quad Confinement Thruster, cusped field thrusters) and disruptive concepts (RF plasma thruster, Halo thruster, traveling magnetic field plasma accelerator), as well as other plasma sources for plasma chemistry studies (atmospheric RF plasma torch) or industrial applications (magnetron discharges).

He has been involved in a wide variety of R&D projects supported by both institutional (EU, ESA, US Air Force, US Department of Energy, UK Space agency) and industrial (SSTL, Airbus DS) funding bodies.

Research interests

• Plasma propulsion

• Plasma physics

• Plasma diagnostic systems

• In-orbit technology demonstration

• Industrial plasma technology applications