With funding from NASA, the Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) studies the dusty plasma environments around airless bodies within the interplanetary medium, and includes partnerships with LASP, CU Boulder’s departments of physics and aerospace engineering sciences, the Colorado School of Mines, and international collaborators.
At the core of the IMPACT facilities is 3 MV linear electrostatic dust accelerator which is used for a variety of impact research activities as well as calibrating dust instruments for space applications. The dust accelerator is equipped with a 3 MV Pelletron generator capable of accelerating micron and submicron particles of various materials to velocities approaching 100 km/s.
The January 30 Industry Open House event provides an opportunity for aerospace contractors with high-speed impact testing needs to view the Lab’s facilities.
Register to attend the event.