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Company Information:

Company Name: MSNW LLC
City: Redmond
State: WA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://msnwllc.com
Phone: (425) 867-8900

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $818,997.00 8
SBIR Phase II $3,876,309.00 5
STTR Phase I $399,968.00 4
STTR Phase II $1,349,901.00 2

Award List:

Inductive Magnetized Plasma Accelerator for Deep Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A

A Plasma Source for Generation and Inflation of Large Scale Magnetospheres

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Magnetospheric plasma propulsion is a novel propulsion scheme that makes use of the ambient energy of the solar wind by coupling to the solar wind through a large-scale ( 10 km) magnetic bubble or mini-magnetosphere. The magnetosphere is produced by the injection of plasma on to the magnetic field… More

High Power Helicon Plasma Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,968.00
RI Contact: Sinh Simmons
Abstract:
The proposed work seeks to develop and optimize an electrode-less plasma propulsion system that is based on a high power helicon (HPH) that is being developed collaboratively between MSNW and the University of Washington. The helicon is well suited for this task, as it is known for efficient… More

Inductive Plasma Accelerator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Timothy Ziemba, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
75650-For the plasma jet liner approach to magnetized target fusion, a plasma accelerator is required that is capable of launching a plasma jet with a mass of 0.2 mg to 0.4 mg and a diameter no larger than about 20 cm. In addition, the accelerator must be capable of attaining plasma/plasmoid… More

High Power Helicon Plasma Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Timothy Ziemba
Award Amount: $599,901.00
RI Contact: Carol Zuiches
Abstract:
A new thruster has been conceived and tested that is based on a high power helicon (HPH) plasma wave. In this new method of propulsion, an antenna generates and propagates a helicon wave in a plasma providing a non-thermal, wave-based mechanism for the subsequent acceleration of the plasma ions to… More

Inductive Plasma Accelerator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Timothy Ziemba, Dr.
Award Amount: $652,500.00
Abstract:
75650S For the plasma jet liner approach to magnetized target fusion, a plasma accelerator is required that is capable of launching a plasma jet with a mass of 0.2 mg to 0.4 mg and a diameter no larger than about 20 cm. In addition, the accelerator must be capable of attaining plasma/plasmoid… More

Electrodeless Lorentz Force Thruster for High-Power Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF WASHINGTON
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Dir. of Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Brian Nelson
Abstract:
The Electrodeless Lorentz Force (ELF) Thruster is based on recent laboratory results on the formation and acceleration of magnetized plasmoids. The goal of the proposed research is to build and test a prototype that has the potential to surpass all current electric propulsion systems in efficiency,… More

Plasma Liner Compression of Compact Toroids to Fusion Conditions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Nuclear fusion has the potential to satisfy the prodigious power that the world will demand in the future, but it has yet to be harnessed as a practical energy source. The main challenge is to identify an economical way to provide for the confinement and heating of the plasma fuel. The massive… More

Electrodeless Lorentz Force Thruster for High-Power Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF WASHINGTON
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Director of Research
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Catherine Allen
Abstract:
The Electrodeless Lorentz Force (ELF) Thruster is a new propulsion device designed to operate at the highest jet powers, well beyond the currently developed electric propulsion thrusters. Based on recent laboratory results on the formation and acceleration of magnetized plasmoids, the goal of the… More

Plasma Liner Compression of Compact Toroids to Fusion Conditions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Dr
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Nuclear fusion has the potential to satisfy the prodigious power demands of the future. It has yet to be harnessed as a practical energy source because of the challenge of finding an economical way to confine and heat the plasma fuel. The main reason for this is the complexity and size of the… More

Macron Formed Liner Compression as a Practical Method for Enabling Magneto-Inertial Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Plasma-liner-driven magneto-inertial fusion (MIF) is an emerging concept for practical inertial fusion facilities that may one day provide an abundant source of carbon-free energy. For this concept to be successful, it will be necessary to achieve high momentum and high Mach number plasma jets, in… More

Low Mass Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster with Integrated PPU

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Slough, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) is a revolutionary electric propulsion thruster and power processing (PPU) system that will allow a dramatic decrease in system mass and increase in thrust efficiency over traditional 500-1000 W propulsion systems. The high specific power (>700 W/kg) and… More

High Specific Power Electric Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Propulsion Scientist
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
A new thruster technology, the Electrodeless Lorentz Force (ELF) thruster, has been designed and tested at MSNW that has the capability to address the demanding combined requirements of high specific power, high efficiency, a large Isp range, and T/P in a single, lightweight device. The ELF thruster… More

Low Mass Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster with Integrated PPU

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,987.00
Abstract:
The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) is a revolutionary electric propulsion thruster and power processing (PPU) system that will allow a dramatic decrease in system mass and increase in thrust efficiency over traditional 500-3000 W propulsion systems. The high specific power (>700 W/kg)… More

A Modular Electric Propulsion System with On-Demand Power Scaling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) program demonstrated a next generation propulsion system based on the purely electromagnetic generation and Lorentz acceleration of a magnetically self-confined plasmoid. The Peristaltic Dynamic Acceleration (PDA) stage is an addition to the exhaust of… More

A Protoflight High Specific Power Electric Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Principal Investigator – (425) 867-8900
Award Amount: $1,124,999.00
Abstract:
The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) has demonstrated the ability to ionize, electromagnetically accelerate, and eject a broad range of complex and chemically-reactive molecular gases, including monopropellants. EMPT has the potential to dramatically increase the operational range of… More

Propulsion Optimization of Thrust though Auxiliary Entrainment of Neutrals (PROTEAN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Washington
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Propulsion Lead – (425) 867-8900
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Lynne Chronister
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: State of the art Orbital Transfer Vehicle systems require the demanding combined requirements of both high Thrust-to-Power (greater than 120 mN/kW) and high specific impulse (greater than 3000 s), all at constant power. The 25 kW PROTEAN system is a two-stage plasmoid thruster which adds… More

Ultra-Light High-Thrust Electric Propulsion with Magnetic Thrust Vectoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Propulsion Scientist – (425) 867-8900
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: MSNW"s Electrodeless Lorentz Force (ELF) thruster will address the demanding combined requirements of light weight, high efficiency, and high thrust-to-power electric propulsion in a single device. As spacecraft power systems get lighter, traditional electric propulsion thruster,… More

FRC Multi-Mode Thruster Validation Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Kirtley, Propulsion Lead – (425) 867-8900
Award Amount: $748,823.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Modern military space systems use high specific impulse (Isp) propulsion systems to provide efficient station keeping and large delta-V orbital maneuvers. A multi-mode propulsion system utilizes a single propellant such as AF-M315E to provide high thrust as well as a 1000-4000 s Isp. By… More