Assisting With the Next Phase of Space Exploration
Plasma measurement is an integral part of space related and military research. Applications include plasma thruster research for satellite and rocket propulsion. The radio blackout period during space craft re-entry, caused by plasma formation, is an impotant area of research. The plasma environment in space is being investigated using plasma diagnostics since it can affect inter-spacecraft docking. Explosion research for military applications is another area utilising plasma diagnostic techniques.