nanoFET Satellite Propulsion System for Defensive Counter Space
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
The nanoparticle field extraction thruster (nanoFET) is being developed as an efficient, variable specific impulse electric propulsion device. NanoFET provides thrust by extracting nanometer- to micron-sized particles from a liquid reservoir, and accelerating them electrostatically. With its high efficiency and large thrust-to-power ratio over an unprecedented specific impulse range (100 to 10,000 seconds), nanoFET can provide an exceptional improvement over current propulsion options. In addition, the nature of nanoFET, with its generated beam of solid particles, provides a significant opportunity for counter-space. The objective of this STTR project is to explore nanoFET's utility for the counter-space application. Our team will characterize a variety of coating, erosion, and momentum transfer effects generated by nanoFET that could be used to defend critical U.S. space assets.
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Research Institution Information:
ELECTRODYNAMIC APPLICATIONS, INC.
P.O. Box 131460 Ann Arbor, MI 48113
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UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
Div of Research Devel & Admin
Room 1058; 3003 So. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 1274
Kathryn A. Dewitt
Nonprofit college or university