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

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
115498
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Busek Company Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Wide Throttling, High Throughput Hall Thruster for Science and Exploration Missions
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CE62P
Award Amount: $125,000.00
 

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 that shields the discharge channel from ion induced erosion. Our goal is to achieve a propellant throughput of at least 100 kg per kW of input power and a system specific mass of 6 kg per kW. Numerical modeling will play an important role in the thruster design to achieve these lifetime targets. Erosion predictions will be validated by comparing model results to measurements taken in a nominal 600 W thruster during an accelerated lifetime test scheduled take place in 2011 at NASA GRC under separate funding.In Phase II, we build and test a laboratory model thruster capturing the essential magnetic field criteria. The performance, lifetime, and plume properties of the thruster will then be evaluated, and the design will be optimized. Our goal is to reach TRL 5 by the end of Phase II.The complete flight system built in Phase III will include a high power thruster, a hollow cathode, and a propellant feed system. However, the focus of this program will be the thruster.

Principal Investigator:

Lawrence Byrne
Principal Investigator
5086555565
larry@busek.com

Business Contact:

Judy Budny
Business Official
5086555565
judy@busek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Busek Company Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042881247
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No