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Microwave Plasma Propulsion Systems for Defensive Counter-Space

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83388
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-036-0010
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Starfire Industries LLC
2109 South Oak Street, Suite 100 Urbana, IL 61820-0914
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Microwave Plasma Propulsion Systems for Defensive Counter-Space
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0087
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Due to the proliferation of inexpensive nano-satellites, space situational awareness and object detection/negation are high priorities for protecting US space-borne assets. Starfire Industries is proposing a novel microwave plasma thruster employing electron cyclotron resonance techniques for simultaneous high-power high-efficiency electric propulsion and multiple secondary "dual-use" applications for object detection, illumination and imaging, and space negation. Electron cyclotron resonance offers the potential for very high ionization efficiency and propellant utilization for high thruster efficiency. In addition, this integrated approach could prove valuable for next-generation satellite design with inherent defensive counter space capability. Phase I will demonstrate plasma acceleration with microwave heating in a small experiment coupled with analytical and computational simulations to examine the potential defensive aspects of the overall approach. This effort will provide a foundation for higher-power and defensive application testing in subsequent phases.

Principal Investigator:

Brian E. Jurczyk
President
7089556691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Jurczyk
President
7089556691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

STARFIRE INDUSTRIES, LLC
60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820

EIN/Tax ID: 364430936
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA
103 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Contact: David N. Ruzic
Contact Phone: (217) 333-0332
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university