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Xenon Production by Iodine Transmutation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
41145
Program Year/Program:
1998 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
41145
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA 01760-1023
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Xenon Production by Iodine Transmutation
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $64,900.00
 

Abstract:

Electrostatic thrusters are the likely choice for station keeping of the new generation of small communication satellites. Xenon is the fuel of choice for these thrusters because of its high mass and low ionization potential. Existing worldwide xenon production will not permit fueling of more than a small fraction of the projected satellite population unless significant price increase of Xe is realized to justify higher production capacity. A convenient alternative to Xe production through air liquefaction is a proprietary technique proposed herein. Xenon produced in this manner can generate extremely high purity xenon. The Phase I program provides a conceptual design of a large-scale facility and a proof-of-principle experiment. Comparison will be made between cryogenically produced xenon and bulk production by the proposed method.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. W. Guss
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Business Contact:


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Small Business Information at Submission:

BUSEK CO. INC.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA 01760

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No