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M. Sc.

Francesco Romano

Research Associate: DISCOVERER: ABEP, IPT, birdcage, Helicon
Institute of Space Systems

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70569 Stuttgart
Germany

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Subject

Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion with an Helicon-based Plasma Thruster.

DISCOVERER EU H2020 Project, more on: https://discoverer.space/ 

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3858-5388 

Journal Publications

F. Romano, J. Espinosa-Orozco, M. Pfeiffer, G. Herdrich, N.H. Crisp, P.C.E. Roberts, et al. "Intake design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System (ABEP)", Acta Astronautica, 187: 225-235, October 2021, ISSN 0094-5765, 10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.06.033.

F. Romano, Y.-A. Chan, G. Herdrich, P.C.E. Roberts, et al. "RF Helicon-based Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) Design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System (ABEP)", Acta Astronautica 176: 476-483, November 2020, ISSN 0094-5765, DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.07.008. 

F. Romano, B. Massuti-Ballester, T. Binder, G. Herdrich, S. Fasoulas, T. Schönherr, "System Analysis and Test-Bed for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System using an Inductive Plasma Thruster", Acta Astronautica 147:114-126, June 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.03.031

T. Schönherr, K. Komurasaki, F. Romano, B. Massuti-Ballester, G. Herdrich, “Analysis of Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol.43, no.1, Jan. 2015. 

Conference Papers

F. Romano, Y.-A. Chan, G. Herdrich, C. Traub, P.C.E. Roberts, et al.,  "Design, Set-Up, and First Ignition of the RF Helicon-based Plasma Thruster", Space Propulsion 2020+1, Online, 17-19/03/2021, SP2020+1 00247.

F. Romano, Y.-A. Chan, G. Herdrich, et al., RF Helicon-based Plasma Thruster (IPT): Design, Set-Up, and First Ignition, 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), The CyberSpace Edition (Online Event), October 2020, IAC- 20,C4,5,11,x58032.

F. Romano, G. Herdrich, et al. "Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System (ABEP) ", 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Washington D.C., USA, October 2019, IAC-19,C4,6,3,x49922. 

F. Romano, G. Herdrich, et al. "Inductive Plasma Thruster (IPT) for an Atmosphere- Breathing Electric Propulsion System: Design and Set in Operation", 36th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC), Vienna, Austria, September 2019, IEPC-2019-A488.

S. Masillo, F. Romano, R. Soglia, G. Herdrich, P. C.E. Roberts et al. "Analysis of electrodeless plasma source enhancement by an externally applied magnetic field for an inductive plasma thruster (IPT)", 7th Russian-German Conference on Electric Propulsion, Rauischholzhausen, Germany, October 2018, A079.

F. Romano, G. Herdrich, P. C.E. Roberts, et al. "Advances on the Inductive Plasma Thruster Design for an Atmosphere-Breathing EP System", 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, Germany, October 2018,  IAC-18.C4.6.4x46387.

F. Romano, G. Herdrich, T. Binder, A. Boxberger, C. Traub, S. Fasoulas, T. Schönherr, P. C.E. Roberts,  et al., "Effects of applied magnetic field on IPG6-S, test-bed for an ABEP-based inductive plasma thruster (IPT)", Space Propulsion 2018, Seville, Spain, 14-18/05/2018, SP2018 00412.

F. Romano, G. Herdrich, S. Fasoulas, T. Schönherr, et al. "Performance Evaluation of a Novel Inductive Atmosphere-Breathing EP System", 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC), Atlanta, USA, October 2017, IEPC-2017-184.

F. Romano, T. Binder, G. Herdrich, P. C.E. Roberts, et al. "System Analysis and Test-Bed for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System using an Inductive Plasma Thruster", 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Adelaide, Australia, September 2017,  IAC-17-C4,6,5,x41810.

M. Dropmann, M. Ehresmann, A. S. Pagan, Q. H. Le, F. Romano, C. Montag, and G. Herdrich, "Low Power Arcjet Application for end of Life Satellite Servicing", 7th European Conference on Space Debris, At ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, April 2017.

T. Binder, P.C. Boldini, F. Romano, G. Herdrich, and S. Fasoulas, "Transmission Probabilities of Rarefied Flows in the Application of Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion", AIP Conference Proceedings, 1786, 190011 (2016), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4967689

F. Romano, T. Binder, G. Herdrich, S. Fasoulas and T. Schönherr, "Intake Design for an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System", Space Propulsion 2016, Roma, Italy, 2-6/05/2016, SP2016 3124981.

F. Romano, T. Binder, G. Herdrich, S. Fasoulas and T. Schönherr, "Air-Intake Design Investigation for an Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion System", 34th IEPC - International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, 4-10/10/2015, July 2015.

F. Romano, B. Massuti-Ballester, T. Schönherr and G. Herdrich, “System Analysis and Test Bed for an Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion System”, 5th RGCEP - Russian-German Conference on Electric Propulsion and their Applications, Dresden, Germany, 07-12/09/2014, Sep. 2014.

  • Unconventional Space Propulsion: "Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion", Master's Courses.

  • Electric and Unconventional Space Propulsion: "Inductive Plasma Thrusters and Hybrid Propulsion", Master's Courses

1988 born in Sassari, Italy.
2007 High School Degree in Aeronautics, Udine, Italy.
2011 Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Padua, Italy.
2012 Semester Exchange with the ERASMUS program at TU Dresden, Germany.
2013 Diploma in Organ and Organ Composition at the Conservatory of Rovigo, Italy.
2013-14 Master Thesis at the University of Stuttgart, System Analysis and Test-Bed for an Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion System. 2014 Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Padua, Italy.
Since November 2014 Ph.D. Student: “RAM Augmented Inductively Heated Plasma Thruster”.
2015 Prize "Freunde der Universität Stuttgart" for the best Master Thesis.
Since March 2018 Research Associate: DISCOVERER project development of an Atmosphere-Breathing Electric Propulsion System.

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