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Ultra-Compact Advanced Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster for CubeSats

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4540
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-031
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Ultra-Compact Advanced Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster for CubeSats
Agency: DOD
Contract: W9113M-12-C-0010
Award Amount: $723,057.00
 

Abstract:

Busek proposes to complete development and deliver a 500cm^3, 500g, micro pulsed plasma thruster system consisting of primary and ACS propulsion capability with 300N-s minimum total impulse and 4W minimum power requirement. Feasibility of such a system was demonstrated in the Phase I, where novel electronics architecture for high voltage switching enabled greatly improved sharing of common components for more efficient propellant stick multiplexing. Key elements of the Phase II effort include: adoption of a simple propellant feed mechanism for improving thruster specific impulse; development of low-cost approaches for power and DCIU electronics design; and fabrication and qualification testing of a protoflight device. The micro pulsed plasma thruster is uniquely suited for nanosatellite propulsion, with its solid, inert propellant requiring no storage tanks or valve-based feedsystems; its low power requirements; its newly improved and highly favorable wet mass vs. dry mass ratio; and its significant opportunities for economies of scale. Delta-V capability exceeds similar competing cold-gas type systems by a factor of five to ten.

Principal Investigator:

Jurg Zwahlen
Senior Engineer
(508) 655-5565
jurg@busek.com

Business Contact:

Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
(508) 655-5565
judy@busek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Busek Co. 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