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Nabity, James A.

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Prof Nabity's research enables robust long-term and far-reaching human spaceflight systems. His research includes environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS), space habitat design, and in situ resource utilization. Doctoral students engage in the following research activities: 1) ionic liquids for atmosphere revitalization, gas separation and solvated extraction of minerals and oxygen, 2) methods to manage crew exposure to space radiation and the effects of space radiation on crew performance, 3) robust and self-aware ECLSS, 4) spacecraft and spacesuit thermal control, and 5) plant growth chambers. Funded projects research ECLSS for lunar landers and space habitats, supported liquid membranes for CO2 sequestration from space habitat and Mars atmospheres, and regolith dust mitigation. Manuscripts describe CO2 transport with supported ionic liquid membranes, origami-folded multilayer insulation, ECLSS fault detection and diagnostics, habitability, and nuclear propulsion and power.


  • life support, gas separation, supported liquid membranes, ionic liquids, thermal control, heat transport, freezable heat exchanger, waste management, ozone oxidation, solid waste oxidation, water treatment, emergency oxygen generation, plant growth chambers


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courses taught

  • ASEN 4013 - Foundations of Propulsion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Describes aerothermodynamics and design of both rocket and air-breathing engines. Includes ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, and turboprop engines, as well as liquid, solid, and hybrid rockets.
  • ASEN 5018 - Graduate Projects II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2023
  • ASEN 5053 - Rocket Propulsion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    An in depth presentation of the theory, analysis, and design of rocket propulsion systems. Liquid and solid propellant systems are emphasized with an introduction to advanced propulsion concepts. Nozzle and fluid flow relationships are reviewed for background.
  • ASEN 6028 - Graduate Projects II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2024
    Exposes MS and PhD students to leadership positions in project management and systems engineering while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. The project team may perform some or all of the following project activities during this second semester of the two-semester course sequence: requirements definition, design and design review, build, test, and verification. Recommended prerequisite: ASEN 4138 or ASEN 5148 or ASEN 5018 or ASEN 5158 or instructor consent required.
  • ASEN 6116 - Spacecraft Life Support Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Study the environmental control and the life support systems and technologies that keep people alive and healthy in spacecraft and habitats. Students will learn about thermal control systems, air revitalization processes, water reclamation and treatment, waste handling and the reuse of materials, and food and nutrition. Expect to develop analytical models from first principles and perform hands-on laboratory experiments. Formerly ASEN 5116.
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023


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