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Micro Pulsed Inductive Thruster with Solid Fuel Option (uPIT_SF)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.
119 W Denny Way Suite 210 Seattle, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Micro Pulsed Inductive Thruster with Solid Fuel Option (uPIT_SF)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CD98P
Award Amount: $99,977.00


The Micro Pulsed Inductive Thruster with Solid Fuel Option (ýýPIT_SF) is a high-precision impulse bit electromagnetic plasma micro-thruster. The ýýPIT prototype is a small (< 230 g) thruster that produces and accelerates plasma. In the solid fuel mode, ýýPIT_SF is able to substantially extend the performance of standard PPT systems by ionization and heating of the high density neutral gas produced after the arc. A small power-processing unit (PPU) is attached directly to the thruster which isolates the high voltage igniter section from the main spacecraft bus. Further development of the ýýPIT has implications that could include dramatic weight reductions of onboard station keeping and attitude control systems for miniature spacecraft and increased thruster efficiencies. Anticipated development of the ýýPIT in Phase 1 of the proposed work would lead to a 2nd generation prototype at or near the NASA TRL 5. Anticipated results from a Phase 2 program would be to produce a prototype at NASA TRL 6 with a corresponding experimental determination of the thruster's Isp levels and operational characteristics including a thrust measurement.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy Ziemba
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Timothy M. Ziemba
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.
321 High School Road NE, Suite D3, #179 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

EIN/Tax ID: 204849242
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No