HelicitySpace

HelicitySpace

Fusion propulsion and power company, developing technology for spacecraft.

HelicitySpace is a company developing fusion propulsion and power technology necessary for enabling humanity's expansion into the solar system. The companies propulsion and power system is called the Helicity Drive, it merges several plasma plectonemes in a constant-energy compression magnetic nozzle. Exploiting the efficiency of magnetic reconnection for heating, the stability of plectonemes for confinement, and the symmetry of passive coils for magnetic compression. The approach can operate at modest fusion gains and scale to ignited operation.

Founded in 2018 by Setthivoine You (Chief Scientist) and Marta Calvo (Head of Operation), the company is based in Berkeley, California. In June 2018, HelicitySpace raised $150K in Pre-Seed funding. In October 2019, the US Department of Energy selected HelicitySpace for 2 funded projects in fusion energy development. These are:

  • Development of a high-current solid-state switch for magneto-inertial fusion, in collaboration with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Simulation of plectoneme formation, in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Paul M. Bellan, Prof.

Scientific Advisor

Carlos Romero, Prof.

Technical Advisor

John F. Santarius, Prof.

Scientific Advisor

Marta Calvo, MBA

Chief Operations & Co-Founder

Mike Brown, Prof.

Scientific Advisor

Saina Ghandchi, MBA

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Sanjay Vijendran, PhD

Technical Advisor

Setthivoine You, PhD

Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

Stephane Lintner, PhD

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Stephane Mazouffre, PhD

Technical Advisor

Ty McCoy, Hon.

Strategic Advisor

Yasushi Ono, Prof.

Scientific Advisor

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