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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:
2004 / 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 -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0118
Award Amount: $99,677.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed research for this project is to perform preliminary required research in order to pursue microfabricated colloid thruster arrays. The project is comprised of the following tasks: i. propellant selection studies to determine appropriate propellant for microfabricated configurations and desired thrust regimes, ii. study of capillary feed physics for transport of propellant to electrospray tips, iii. investigation of extractor electrode designs suitable for high-density arrays of electrospray sources, iv. Characterization of electrochemical corrosion effects upon silicon, the preferred material for microfabrication, v. development of improved models of the electrospray phenomena, and vi. test of a novel bipolar colloid thruster that may promote extended thruster operation in the ionic regime.

Principal Investigator:

Manuel Martinez-Sanchez
Professor, Aeronautics & Astronauti
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 Tech.
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Michael Corcoran
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3906
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university