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Podcast: The X3 Thruster

Hear Dean Gallimore and recent PhD graduate Scott Hall discuss the X3 “Mars engine” on the new podcast “The High Five.”

A man adjusting knobs on a large machine.
Alec Gallimore adjusts equipment settings in the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. Photo: Laura Rudich, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing
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Scott Hall, AERO PhD Student, checks on the X3 thruster after a test run in the Plasmadynamics & Electric Propulsion Laboratory.

Freelance journalist Scot Woods interviews Alec Gallimore, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, and Scott Hall, a research engineer at NASA Glenn in Cleveland, OH, about how they came to work on plasma-based engines for space missions, how the X3 thruster works, and the possibilities it offers for NASA and human space exploration.

The new podcast, called “The High Five,” celebrates Michigan success stories.

Listen to The High Five Episode 2: The X3 Thruster on Soundcloud.

Dean Gallimore is also the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and a professor of aerospace engineering.

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