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AN ELECTROSTATIC PLASMA ACCELERATOR PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR SMALL SATELLITES

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
12434
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
12434
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Electric Propulsion Laboratory Inc
1040 Synthes Ave Monument, CO 80132
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: AN ELECTROSTATIC PLASMA ACCELERATOR PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR SMALL SATELLITES
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,993.00
 

Abstract:

A SIMPLE, HIGH SPECIFIC IMPULSE ELECTRIC PROPULSION THRUSTER IS PROPOSED FOR APPLICATION TO SMALL SATELLITES. THIS THRUSTER USES AN ELECTROSTATIC PLASMA ACCELERATION (EPA) PRINCIPLE TO ACHIEVE PROJECTED SPECIFIC IMPULSE LEVELS OF ORDER 1,000 SEC. KEY FEATURES OF THE EPA THRUSTER CONCEPT INCLUDE THE ABILITY TO OPERATE DIRECTLY OFF THE SPACECRAFT BUS, WITH LITTLE OR NO POWER CONDITIONING, AND THE CAPABILITY OF OPERATING WITH A VARIETY OF PROPELLANTS INCLUDING INERT GASES AND HYDRAZINE DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS. CALCULATIONS ARE PRESENTED WHICH SHOW THAT THE MISSION CAPABILITY OF SMALL SATELLITES WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED BY THE USE OF AN EPA PROPULSION SYSTEM. A JOINT PHASE I PROGRAM BETWEEN THE ELECTRIC PROPULSION LABORATORY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SPACE INSTITUTE, CENTER FOR ADVANCED SPACE PROPULSION, IS PROPOSED TO INVESTIGATE EPA THRUSTER OPERATION AT POWER LEVELS UP TO A FEW HUNDRED WATTS AND THE INTEGRATION ISSUES ATTENDANT TO ADAPTING THIS PROPULSION CONCEPT TO SMALL SATELLITES.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Graeme Aston
8059454866

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Electric Propulsion Lab Inc
43423 Division St - Ste 205 Lancaster, CA 93535

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No