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ESPA On-orbit Maneuvering System (OMS)

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2007 / SBIR
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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: 2007
Title: ESPA On-orbit Maneuvering System (OMS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-07-M-0108
Award Amount: $99,993.00


Busek Co. Inc. proposes to develop a low-cost, multi-mode propulsion module that can be added to an EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA), turning it into a self-propelled free flying spacecraft (S/C). This Orbit Maneuvering System (OMS) is enabled by the availability of Busek's high Isp electric propulsion technology. The baseline system includes four BHT-200 Hall Effect Thrusters (HETs) currently flying on TacSat2, a COTS hydrazine resistojet, and eight flight qualified hydrazine monopropellant thrusters for attitude control. This 800 W propulsion system can deliver deltaV >1000 m/s to a 500 kg S/C. Most or all of the deltaV is provided by the HET. Responsive, high thrust deltaV<300 m/s is provided by the resistojet and ACS thrusters. The proposed OMS is modular and scalable. A 1200 W version using a single BHT-1000 thruster could deliver deltaV >1000 m/s to a 1200 kg system. In Phase I, the propulsion system and OMS architecture will be defined and the selected system will be developed into a preliminary design. To assist, Busek will subcontract CSA Engineering, which builds the ESPA ring, and include MicroSat Systems Inc. in its integrated product team. In Phase II, MSI will be an explicit subcontractor to Busek.

Principal Investigator:

James Szabo
Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
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11 Tech Circle Natick, MA 01760

EIN/Tax ID: 042881247
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No