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Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67906
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-005-0131
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Connecticut Analytical Corporation
696 Amity Road Route 63 Bethany, CT -
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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-0064
Award Amount: $99,544.00
 

Abstract:

In the field of electric space propulsion, specifically colloidal propulsion, there has been significant improvements of recent date in the development of small micro-fabricated arrays operating in the single Taylor Cone per emitter regime. To increase thrust, the density of 2-D arrays must be increased. The state-of-the-art employs silicon based MEMS fabrication techniques to effect suitable multiplexed 2-D emitter arrays. Although very efficient, MEMS emitters can be very difficult to get "just right" to achieve the desired performance. An alternative to silicon MEMS colloidal thruster design is to employ novel bundles of stretched fused silica glass fibers that comprise a plurality of capillary pores. Connecticut Analytical Corp. has devloped a patent-pending process utilizing these stretched fused fibers as a means to provide propellant delivery devoid of a hydrostatic source and at the same time yield a large 2-D electrospray array suitable for propulsion applications. The inherent capillarity of the structure maintains propellant fluid feed in perfect equilibrium to all spray demands.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph J. Bango
Principal Investigator
2033939666
jbango@ctanalytical.com

Business Contact:

Joseph J. Bango
President
2033939666
jbango@ctanalytical.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CONNECTICUT ANALYTICAL CORP.
696 Amity Road Bethany, CT 06524

EIN/Tax ID: 061279411
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Yale University
9 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
Contact: Juan F. de la Mora
Contact Phone: (203) 432-4347
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university