High Power Planar Hall Thruster Technology Development
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
This Phase I SBIR will test the feasibility and viability of a Planar Hall Thruster (PHT) to enable high-power, modular thrusters with improved operating characteristics and lower lifecycle costs. Recent research suggests that conventional Hall thrusters may have limitations on efficiency and power scaling that are not easily overcome based on geometric factors. A planar geometry relaxes these constraints and can lead to a higher efficiency platform if a method to handle the drift current particle losses are found. This Phase I effort will address both of these issues.
Small Business Information at Submission:
STARFIRE INDUSTRIES, LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
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