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Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67905
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-005-0186
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-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0049
Award Amount: $749,851.00
 

Abstract:

The specific opportunity to be addressed in this research is the exploitation of new scientific understanding about electrospray phenomena and novel micro-fabrication technology for use in new space missions that call for precise, flexible and efficient propulsion. Information gained during the course of this program should enable the production of electrosprays consisting of droplets or ions which will produce thrust in a range of Isp. Combining this with micro-fabrication technology enables the production of highly multiplexed arrays of electrospray sources which can result in spacecraft thrusters suitable for a variety of missions. In particular, the objective of this project is the design, construction and testing of a high thrust density electrospray thruster based on a planar array of individual emitters. The target power level is 20W, and the target efficiency (excluding PCU) is 85%. Performance of the thruster and the associated power supply and control electronics will be verified using a variety of performance tests. In addition, novel techniques will be employed to mitigate any potential deleterious electrochemical effects.

Principal Investigator:

Manuel Martinez-Sanche
Prof. Aeronautics & Astro
6172535613
mmart@mit.edu

Business Contact:

Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
5086555565
judy@busek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 042881247
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Michael Corcoran
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3906
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university