About Our Group


In Funaki Laboratory, a variety of advanced spacecraft propulsion concepts and related fields are studied for future deep space missions:
-Solar wind sail (Magnetic sail, Magnetoplasma sail)
-Magnetoplasmadynamic arcjet
-Helicon thruster
-High performance ion thruster
-Laser propulsion
-Micro-thruster system (laser, cold jet, and FEEP) development for a drag-free mission
-Mission planning and system development for rapid solar system exploration, solar system escape,
and so on
-New energy system for deep space exploration
-Drag-free system development for DECEGO mission (Japanese gravitational detection mission)