Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


A continuation of the effort to resurface the concept of a technology that gathers gases in LEO to be used as propellant, thus reducing required take-off mass in many cases, has made significant progress. The team has deeply researched and compared two such concepts, known as PROFAC and PHARO, and attempted to inform peers within the aerospace community about them. A distinguished lecture by Dr. Alan Wilhite at WPI and a presentation delivered by the team at an AIAA YPSE Conference were met with an overwhelmingly positive response, demonstrating interest in the concept and its possible implications. Due to the impact that development of a PROFAC-like concept would have on the approach to and economy of human activity in space, it is important to seriously consider these technologies.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies