Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Senior Lecturer in Spacecraft Engineering



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Aaron Knoll is a senior lecturer in the field of plasma propulsion for spacecraft within the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London.  Aaron received his Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering (2003) and a Masters of Applied Science in Aerospace (2005) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. During his undergraduate education he performed an internship with the Canadian Space Agency as part of the Software and Ground Segment from 2001 – 2002. Aaron received his Ph.D. (2010) from Stanford University, where he was involved with the research of instability driven electron transport within Hall Effect Thrusters. The focus of Aaron’s research at Imperial is toward the development of novel low power plasma propulsion technologies for small spacecraft.



Fabris AL, Wantock T, Gurciullo A, et al., 2018, OVERVIEW OF HALO THRUSTER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES, Space Propulsion Conference 2018

Liu J, Knoll AK, Fabris AL, et al., 2018, Numerical investigation of magnetic neutral points in the Halo thruster, Space Propulsion Conference 2018

Fabris AL, Knoll AK, Dannenmayer K, et al., 2017, Vacuum Facility Effects on Quad Confinement Thruster Testing, The 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference

Gurciullo A, Fabris AL, Knoll AK, 2017, Alternative Neutralization Technologies Enabling the Use of Exotic Propellants in Electric Propulsion, International Electric Propulsion Conference 2018


Knoll AK, 2018, Magnetic Holograms

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