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Vacuum Arc Nano Thrusters for Nanosatellite Spacecraft Constellations

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation
3077 Teagarden Street San Leandro, CA 94577-5720
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Vacuum Arc Nano Thrusters for Nanosatellite Spacecraft Constellations
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F29601-02-C-0016
Award Amount: $743,720.00


"AASC, in collaboration with team member General Dynamics, Space Propulsion Systems, proposes to advance the Vacuum Arc Thruster (VAT) one step closer to flight qualification status. Phase I successfully demonstrated the low system mass and performancecharacteristics necessary to support "precision propulsion" requirements for constellation based, nano satellite missions. Phase II will benchmark the Phase I basic model design with both an in-space flight demonstration test and VAT lifetime testing. Amore optimized "engineering model grade" system will be designed, built, and delivered. It is the intent that this system would be ready to fly "as is" on a demonstration flight, with the caveat that the "new, streamlined" flight qualification proceduresfollowed in the Phase II program were both acceptable and appropriate to the mission. This attention to also developing a novel way of getting hardware in flight demonstrations early in the cycle represents a significant departure from the standard flighthardware development sequence. With the intent to identify flight design issues early on in an integrated product development fashion, this approach, while "out of the box with attendant risks, has potentially widespread payoff beyond this specific VATtechnology."

Principal Investigator:

Jochen Schein
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Michael Boyle
Vice President
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Alameda Applied Sciences Corp.
2235 Polvorosa Avenue, Suite 230 San Leandro, CA 94577

EIN/Tax ID: 943201700
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No