The University of Southampton

Dr Alexander Daykin-Iliopoulos 

Dr Alexander Daykin-Iliopoulos graduated in Aerospace Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London in 2014. Following this he completed a PhD at the University of Southampton in July 2019, investigating high current heaterless hollow cathode ignition. He also joined Mars Space LTD in 2017, were he worked on a wide range of electric propulsion systems.

In May 2019 Dr Alexander Daykin-Iliopoulos started his current position as an Electric Propulsion Research Fellow at the University of Southampton in-conjunction with his Research Engineer position at Mars Space LTD.

His research continues to lie in electric propulsion systems for satellites, in particular the development of novel hollow cathode concepts. He is currently part of a UK Space Agency funded project to further develop heaterless hollow cathode technology towards commercialisation.


Daykin-Iliopoulos, A., Gabriel, S.B., Golosnoy, I.O., Kubota, K. and Funaki, I. (2015) Investigation of heaterless hollow cathode breakdown. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe city, Hyogo, Japan. 03 - 09 Jul 2015. 9 pp .

Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander and Desai, Ravindra (2014) Performance evaluation of micropropulsion systems with the application of Active Debris Removal. 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, United States. 28 - 30 Jul 2014. 9 pp . (doi:10.2514/6.2014-3540).

Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander, Gabriel, S.B. and Golosnoy, I.O. (2016) An investigation into the glow discharge phase of an LaB6 heaterless hollow cathode. Space Propulsion 2016 (the 5th conference on space propulsion), Italy. 02 - 06 May 2016. 13 pp .

Gabriel, Stephen B., Golosnoy, Igor O. and Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander (2017) Electric propulsion at the University of Southampton. Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness Workshop 2017, CDTI, Spain. 23 - 24 Oct 2017. 14 pp .

Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander, Golosnoy, Igor and Gabriel, Stephen (2017) Thermal profile of a lanthanum hexaboride heaterless hollow cathode. 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States. 08 - 11 Oct 2017. IEPC -2017 -291 .

Praeger, Matthew, Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander and Gabriel, Stephen (2018) Vacuum current emission and initiation in an LaB6 hollow cathode. Space Propulsion 2018, Spain. 13 - 18 May 2018. 17 pp .

Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander, Golosnoy, Igor O. and Gabriel, Stephen (2018) Development of a high current heaterless hollow cathode. Space Propulsion 2018, Spain. 13 - 18 May 2018. pp. 1-8 .

Daykin-Iliopoulos, Alexander, Golosnoy, Igor O., Gabriel, Stephen and Bosi, Franco (2019) Characterisation of a 30 a heaterless hollow cathode. 14 pp .

Ryan, C., Daykin-Iliopoulos, A., Stark, J., Salaverri, A. Z., Vargas, E., Rangsten, P., Dandavino, S., Ataman, C., Chakraborty, S., Courtney, D. and Shea, H. (2013) Experimental progress towards the MicroThrust MEMS electrospray electric propulsion system. 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference,, George Washington University, United States. 06 - 10 Oct 2013.

Dandavino, S., Ataman, C., Ryan, C., Daykin-Iliopoulos, A., Stark, J. and Shea, H. (2014) The MicroThrust MEMS electrospray thruster: experimental results and conclusions. Space Propulsion Conference 2014, Germany. 19 - 22 May 2014.


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