EP2 :: Equipo de Propulsión Espacial y Plasmas

Equipo de Propulsion Espacial y Plasmas (EP2)

EP2 Members

Eduardo Ahedo


fotoEduardo Ahedo is Professor of Aerospace Engineering. He received the Diploma and Doctorate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More recently he has been Visiting Professor at the same institution and at Supaero (France). His research experience is focused in modeling and simulation in applied plasma physics, such as space propulsion, electrodynamic tethers, plasma-surface interaction, plasma instabilities, and, in the past, plasma-laser interaction. He co-authored more than 100 scientific publications and has led projects financed by the Spanish Government, ESA, the Framework Programme of the EU, and the USA-EOARD.

Diego Escobar

PhD student

fotoDiego Escobar received the Diploma and Advanced Studies degrees in aerospace engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Since 2005, he combines the research in the area of electric propulsion with a professional experience at GMV S.A. He is currently working as contractor staff at the European Space Operations Center of the European Space Agency. His background includes modeling and simulation of Hall thrusters in the research field and satellite orbit dynamics and navigation in the professional area.

Mario Merino

Assistant Professor

fotoMario Merino got his doctorate in Aerospace Engineer by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where he has worked for three years as a teaching assistant. His activity in the group started in 2009 with his MSc project on the modeling and simulation of magnetic nozzles for plasma space propulsion. Currently, Mario is a visiting professor at the Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and his research areas are magnetic nozzles, magnetized and unmagnetized plasma jet expansion, space debris deorbiting with plasma thrusters, and numerical simulation.

Jaume Navarro

PhD Student and FPU Scholarship holder

fotoJaume Navarro Cavallé graduated in Aerospace Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Currently, he is a PhD Student in Aereospace Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, under the FPU scholarship program from the Education Ministry. His main research field is the simulation of plasma performances applied to Space devices, such as Hall thrusters. His favourite hobby is playing clarinete.

Pablo Fajardo

Assistant Professor

fotoPablo Fajardo (1984) is an Aerospace Engineer, majored in Space Vehicles, by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (2007), who received his PhD by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV, 2012). Since September 2008 he was Teaching Assistant in UPV. Pablo expertise lays in the field of modeling and simulation of physical systems, in particular in computer fluid dynamics (CFD). Currently has 13 papers in indexed journals. Since 2013, Pablo is Asisstant Professor in the Aerospace Engineering department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

Tian Bin

PhD Student

fotoTian Bin graduated in Fluid Mechanics at Northwestern Polytechnical University in China. Right now, he is a PhD Student funded by CSC scholarship program from Chinese government. His research area is modeling and simulation of Helicon sources and thrusters.

Filippo Cichocki

PhD Student

fotoFilippo Cichocki graduated in "aerospace engineering" (bachelor degree) and "space engineering" (master degree) at the university of Rome "Sapienza" respectively in Sep 2006 and Mar 2009. His master thesis consisted in the experimental evaluation of the RF discharge parameters in a DS4G (Dual Stage 4-grids) ion thruster. Between July 2009 and Sep 2013 he worked at Deimos-Space as a junior project engineer where he contributed to several european space industry projects such as Exomars, RAAS (Robust and Autonomous Aerobraking Strategies), MARCOPOLO-R and NEOSHIELD. In Oct 2013, he finally enrolled for a PhD in "plasma physics and nuclear fusion" at the university of Madrid "Carlos III" where he is currently employed. His major areas of expertise are mission analysis, interplanetary trajectory optimization, interplanetary navigation, asteroid proximity GNC, asteroid deflection techniques, aerobraking and electric propulsion.

Daniel Pérez

PhD Student

fotoDaniel Pérez graduated in Aerospace Engineering with a specialty in Propulsion Systems at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in early 2010; he completed his Master´s Thesis at TU Delft working on characterization of Cold Gas Thrusters for Nano-Satellites. He went on to work at various renowned companies such as MOOG, Airbus Military and Rolls-Royce; carrying out different roles in projects such as ESA´s ATV, the Airbus A-400M and the Trent1000 Engine. He is currently a PhD student on “Plasma Physics” at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; his research area is Magnetic Topologies in Hall Effect Thruster and other Electric Space Propulsion Systems.

Sara Correyero

PhD Student

fotoSara Correyero graduated in Aerospace Engineering, with a speciality in Propulsion Systems at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in March 2015. She completed her Master's studies at the Technical University of Lisbon during the academic year 2013-2014 with an Erasmus Fellowship. She started to collaborate in the group in 2014 working on her final Master Thesis about the electron cooling effect of plasma expansions in magnetic nozzles. She is currently a PhD student at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrd, under a billateral agreement with the French Aerospace Laboratory ONERA (Palaiseau). Her main research area is the study of plasma plumes accelerated by magnetic nozzles, mainly in Electron Cyclotron Resonance - Magnetic Nozzle Thrusters (ECR-MN).

Adrián Domínguez

PhD Student and FPI Scholarship holder

fotoAdrián Domínguez graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Universidad de Málaga. After finishing a master degree in Environmental Hydraulics with specialization in Vehicle Aero-hydrodynamics by the Universidad de Málaga, he is currenly a PhD student under the FPI scholarship program from the Economy and Competitiveness Ministry. His main research field is the production and acceleration of plasma jet in electromagnetic space thrusters.

Jiewei Zhou

PhD Student

fotoJiewei Zhou studied at the Technical University of Madrid, where he got his BSc and MSc in Aerospace Engineering in 2014 and 2016, respectively. At the last academic year of his MSc he also had a stay as an exchange student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. During the summer of 2015 he took an internship in GMV and worked in ROSPA, a ESA/GMV joint project about targets dynamics in on-orbit servicing and active debris removal. As master thesis he worked in the Attitude Determination and Control System of the CubeSat MIST, a student satellite built at KTH Royal Institute of Technology under the supervision of the ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang. Currently, Jiewei is a PhD student at the Carlos III University of Madrid under the supervision of the Professor Eduardo Ahedo. His research areas are electron dynamics and plasma-wave interactions modelling and simulation in Helicon thrusters.