Ray Sedwick's research interests include space power generation and propulsion systems, as well as the general application of plasmas to power generation and conversion. He has particular interest in the development of inertial electrostatic confinement fusion for application to space power generation. The SPPL also conducts research in wireless power transfer using superconducting resonant inductive coupling and plasma actuators as applied to improving the aerodynamic loading of wind turbines.
He is currently the PI on a spaceflight hardware development program to demonstrate both wireless power transfer and electromagnetic formation flight onboard the International Space Station (ISS) using the SPHERES facility. He is also developing a prototype power transfer system to wirelessly couple power into the permanent shadow of craters at the lunar poles to support their exploration.