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Dr Angelo N Grubisic PhD (Advanced Propulsion), MSc, BEng (Hons)

Lecturer in Astronautics and Advanced Propulsion

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Dr Angelo N Grubisic is Lecturer in Astronautics and Advanced Propulsion within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton and is a specialist in the development and testing of advanced propulsion systems for spacecraft. Dr. Grubisic is also a specialist in selective laser melting (SLM) as applied to additive manufacturing (AM).

 

Dr Grubisic joined the Astronautics group at the University of Southampton in 2013. Prior to this he was a consultant AIT and Systems Engineer for QinetiQ, responsible for the development of the T6 Solar Electric Propulsion System on the +£1.1bn ESA BepiColumbo Mission to Mercury where he was involved in the development of several systems including propellant flow control systems, power processing and control units and gridded ion thrusters. Over the last 8 years, Dr Grubisic has worked extensively with the European Space Agency and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the development of advanced propulsion technologies. He provides an applied systems approach with working industry engineering knowledge and methodologies.

Dr. Grubisic collaborates closely with industry, including Surrey Satellite Technology Limited in the development of resistojet propulsion systems.

 

SSTL-T50 Resistojet
SSTL-T50 Resistojet (courtesy of SSTL and JPL)
MPD thruster (courtesy of SSTL and JPL)
MPD thruster (courtesy of SSTL and JPL)

Research

Publications

Teaching

Contact

Besides conducting leading research in the fields of spacecraft propulsion and materials science, Dr. Grubisic also manages the David Fearn Electric Propulsion laboratory, which contains a 2m x 4.5m thermal vacuum test facility.

Fig 1 The David Fearn Electric Propulsion Laboratory
Fig 1 The David Fearn Electric Propulsion Laboratory
Fig 1 The David Fearn Electric Propulsion Laboratory
Fig 1 The David Fearn Electric Propulsion Laboratory

Research interests

  • All-electric spacecraft development - Associated technology development and systems engineering necessary for the development of all-electric propulsion spacecraft for orbit-raising and station keeping
  • Gridded ion thruster lifetime - Investigation of high energy ion production by hollow cathodes as a life limiting mechanism in gridded ion thrusters
  • Resistojets - Development of very high temperature (+3500K) resistojet thrusters for spacecraft reaction control systems to enable all-electric spacecraft
  • Hollow cathode thrusters - Investigating plasma acceleration phenomenon in hollow cathodes as a possible alternative to chemical propulsion systems
  • Selective laser melting (SLM) additive manufacturing for high temperature materials research and space applications
Fig 2 SSTL-T50 Resistojet
Fig 2 SSTL-T50 Resistojet
Proba-2 resistojet system
Fig 2 Proba-2 resistojet system
Fig 3 Selective laser melted (SLM) high temperature heat exchanger component
Fig 3 Selective laser melted high temperature heat exchanger component
Fig 4 Surface roughness characterisation scan of additively manufactured heat exchanger
Fig 4 Surface roughness characterisation scan
Fig 5 Surface characterisation scans of additively manufactured heat exchangers
Fig 5 Surface characterisation scans
Fig 5 Surface characterisation scans of additively manufactured heat exchangers
Fig 5 Surface characterisation scans

Group Design Projects

Dr. Grubisic also leads a number of 4th year Group Design Projects including the Icarus World Record Wingsuit Project.

Aim of the Icarus Project

The aim of the Icarus Project is to develop the world’s first scientifically engineered wingsuit to break current records and set additional world records for human flight. These records include the highest altitude and highest speed wingsuit jump, whilst traveling furthest total distance in the longest ever wingsuit flight.

 

 

 

 

Fig 8 Dr. Angelo Grubisic during wingsuit BASE jump training
Fig 8 Dr. Angelo Grubisic during wingsuit BASE jump training

Objectives of the project

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Inspire students to consider careers in STEM subjects
  • Provide a unique applied learning experience for students as part of a dedicated team, representing the university at an international level
  • Make significant scientific advances in aerodynamics and testing whilst pushing the boundaries of technical accomplishment in wingsuits
  • To engage the public and showcase the university research outputs on technical, sensational yet relatable subject

 

 

Fig 9 Dr Grubisic is an experienced wingsuit BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot seen here flying above the Algarve
Fig 9 Dr Grubisic is an experienced wingsuit BASE jumper
Fig 10 Students performing experimental wind tunnel tests with Dr. Grubisic
Fig 10 Students performing experimental wind tunnel tests
Fig 10 Students performing experimental wind tunnel tests with Dr. Grubisic
Fig 10 Students performing experimental wind tunnel tests

Research group(s)

Astronautics

Article(s)

Book Section(s)

Conference(s)

Thes(i/e)s

  • SESA3005 Astronautics III
  • SESA6036 Spacecraft Engineering and Design
Fig 6 Air breathing and rocket propulsion systems
Fig 6 Air breathing and rocket propulsion systems

SESA2023 Spacecraft Engineering and Design

Dr. Grubisic teaches knowhow based spacecraft systems engineering, life support systems, astronaut physiology and space adaptation syndrome, launch vehicles and in-space propulsion.

Fig 7 Subjects covered in SESA 3025
Fig 7 Subjects covered in SESA 3025
Dr Angelo N Grubisic
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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