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Company Information:

Company Name:
Busek Company Inc.
Address:
11 Tech Circle
Natick, MA
Phone:
N/A
URL:
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EIN:
42881247
DUNS:
185739591
Number of Employees:
40
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
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Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,224,643.00 8
SBIR Phase II $2,149,975.00 3
STTR Phase II $746,101.00 1

Award List:

Magnesium Hall Thruster for Solar System Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$746,101.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
James J. Szabo, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
The Pennsylvania State University
RI Contact:
Rocco Zinobile
Abstract:
The innovation being developed in this program is a Mg Hall Effect Thruster system that would open the door for In-Situ Resource Utilization based solar system exploration. Magnesium is light and easy to ionize. Performance advantages of a Mg thruster include far higher specific impulse and less… More

20mN, Variable Specific Impulse Colloid Thruster

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,996.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Nathaniel Demmons, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
During Phase I, Busek designed and manufactured an electrospray emitter capable of generating 20 mN in a 7" x 7" x 1.7" package. The thruster consists of nine porous-surface emitters operating in parallel from a common propellant supply. Each emitter is capable of supporting over… More

Iodine Hall Thruster for Space Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
James Szabo, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Busek Co. Inc. proposes to develop a high power (high thrust) electric propulsion system featuring an iodine fueled Hall Effect Thruster (HET). The system to be developed will include a thruster, hollow cathode, and condensable propellant feed system. The nominal power level of the thruster… More

Wide Throttling, High Throughput Hall Thruster for Science and Exploration Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$125,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Lawrence Byrne, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
In response to Topic S3.04 "Propulsion Systems," Busek proposes to develop a high throughput Hall effect thruster with a nominal peak power of 1-kW and wide throttling range in terms of both power and Isp. In Phase I, we will design the thruster, focusing on achieving a magnetic field… More

High Input Voltage Hall Thruster Discharge Converter

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$199,960.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Jaquish, Senior Electrical Engineer
Abstract:
The overall scope of this Phase I/II effort is the development of a high efficiency 15kW (nominal) Hall thruster discharge converter. In Phase I, Busek Co. Inc. will design, fabricate and test a nominal 7.5kW breadboard discharge converter module. Busek proposes a converter topolgy called the… More

Hall Effect Thruster for High Power Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$199,998.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Vlad Hruby, President&Chief Scientist
Abstract:
Busek proposes to develop a flight version of a high power Hall Effect thruster. While numerous high power Hall Effect thrusters have been demonstrated in the laboratory, no flight qualified options exist. The baseline thruster would be tentatively sized at the 15kW power level. Busek proposes to… More

Lifetime Improvement of Large Scale Green Monopropellant Thrusters via Novel, Long-Life Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,994.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Michael Tsay, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Busek proposes to develop a high performance, non-toxic storable, "green" monopropellant thruster suitable for in-space reaction control propulsion. The engine will deliver 100N (~25lbf) vacuum thrust with specific impulse exceeding 240sec. Estimated Isp-density is on the order of 348… More

High Throughput Hall Thruster for Small Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,990.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
James Szabo, Chief Scientist
Abstract:
Busek Co. Inc. proposes to develop a high throughput, nominal 100 W Hall Effect Thruster (HET). This HET will be sized for small spacecraft (<180 kg), including nano-spacecraft (<20 kg). An Edison small satellite demonstration mission could feature this thruster fueled by iodine or xenon.The… More

Iodine Hall Thruster for Space Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$699,983.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
James Szabo, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, Busek Co. Inc. tested an existing Hall thruster, the BHT-8000, on iodine propellant. The thruster was fed by a high flow iodine feed system, and supported by an existing Busek hollow cathode flowing xenon gas. The Phase I propellant feed system was evolved from a previously… More

Highly Efficient Micro Cathode

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,786.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Kurt Hohman, Director, Electrothermal Thrus
Abstract:
Busek Company, Inc. proposes to develop a micro thermionic cathode that requires extremely low power and provides long lifetime. The basis for the cathode is a Barium impregnated dispenser cathode. The innovation will be the heating technique. We are proposing to heat the cathode to emission… More

Wide Throttling, High Throughput Hall Thruster for Science and Exploration Missions

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$699,996.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Lawrence Byrne, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
In response to Topic S3.04 "Propulsion Systems," Busek Co. Inc. will develop a high throughput Hall effect thruster with a nominal peak power of 1-kW and wide throttling range in terms of both power and Isp.In Phase I the preliminary thruster design was completed. Project activities… More

Direct Drive Unit with Autonomous Cathode Current Regulation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$199,916.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Eric Ehrbar, Senior Electrical Engineer
Abstract:
An approach for maximizing Hall thruster electrical system efficiency is to power the thruster directly from a high voltage solar array by a method commonly referred to as direct-drive. These direct drive system designs eliminate the power processing unit (PPU) and therefore have a substantial… More