Abstract:ABSTRACT: 5-D has developed an approach, leveraging modified commercial technology, to add a modern high speed network to legacy aircraft using only existing aircraft wiring. With this design implementation, existing aircraft wiring will become dual purpose (original use along with high bandwidth… more
Abstract:The long-term monitoring of groundwater contamination plumes to determine the fate of contaminants in the environment is expensive and labor intensive. Current baseline methods have resulted in monitoring programs that collect less data than is required to fully understand the fate and transport… more
Abstract:In the proposed Phase II program, we will continue the development of Mg bipropellant rockets for Martian PAV applications. In Phase I, we proved the feasibility of this game-changing technology. Through chemical analysis, we determined that Mg can be combusted with CO2 condensed in-situ from the… more
Abstract:In NASA is seeking an electric propulsion system capable of producing 20mN thrust with input power up to 1000W and specific impulse ranging from 1600-3500 seconds. The key technical challenge of the topic is the target mass of 1kg for the thruster and 2kg for the power processor (PPU). In Phase 1… more
Abstract:Busek leveraged previous, internally sponsored, high power, Hall thruster discharge converter development which allowed it to design, build, and test new printed circuit board converter within this Phase 1 effort. The new converter consists of two series or parallel boards (slices) intended to… more
Abstract:In the Phase I effort, Busek developed a miniature precision piezo-actuated microvalve weighing 32g and occupying 4.5 cm^3. The valve demonstrated continuous flow regulation of 0-12 sccm nitrogen (15psi supply pressure) thru 0-500 sccm nitrogen (1000psi supply pressure), with a leak rate of better… more
Abstract:Busek proposes to prove the feasibility of a Mg Hall effect thruster system that would open the door for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) based solar system exploration. Elemental magnesium has favorable thermophysical properties and is very easy to ionize. The estimated specific impulse for a… more
Abstract:Sample and return missions desire and missions like Saturn Observer require a low power Hall thruster that can operate at high thrust to power as well as high specific impulse in order to close mission time, mass and delta velocity requirements. This type of thruster is commonly referred to as a… more
Abstract:Colloid thrusters have long been known for their exceptional thrust efficiency and ability to operate over a range of specific impulse due to easily variable charge-to-mass ratio of emitted particles. They have also been considered limited to only very low thrust levels, able to produce few… more
Abstract:A higher current negative ion source is desired for the Spallation Neutron Source. Such a source would also be useful for any accelerator facility with an ion storage ring. Busek is using a different type of plasma source which has the objective of creating a larger population of excited hydrogen… more
Abstract:Busek and MIT propose to explore techniques for enhanced control of nickel catalyst pad size and distribution (pitch) for growth of massive arrays of isolated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) at spacing as small as 10nm. The two catalyst application approaches shall be electron beam lithography… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Busek proposes, with the MIT Space Propulsion Lab, to leverage successful Phase I proof-of-concept results to develop and deliver a 1mN, micro-fabricated electrospray thruster that features variable Isp and bi-polar operation. The thruster achieves variable Isp at no power penalty by… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Gigahertz microwave amplifiers are limited when using thermionic type electron sources, due to the high beam currents and frequencies required. For this reason, field emission cathodes using carbon nanotubes are being investigated as a potential electron source replacement. Such devices… more
Abstract:The Hall thruster propulsion system consists of the thruster/cathode, propellant system and the power electronics. The power processing unit (PPU) represents the largest fraction of the system dry mass. In addition, the delivery time, cost of radiation hard electronics and issues regarding… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: An integrated warm gas pressurization of the main and ACS propulsion system offers simpler, more efficient propellant management than existing designs. The most operationally versatile system is based on a unique pump that forces liquid through a gasifier thus creating both the… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Busek proposes to develop a flight-prototype piezo microvalve useful for micro chemical thrusters that require precisely metered flow rates. Deriving from a flight-qualified Busek microvalve and a successful proof-of-concept Phase I laboratory prototype, this proposed valve will be small… more
Abstract:Busek Co. Inc. proposes to continue the development of a high priority, large orbital debris removing system. The debris remover spacecraft is called ORDER (Orbital Debris Remover). The vehicle design is derived from a general-duty space transport vehicle developed by Busek referred to as the… more
Abstract:In this proposal, C & P Technologies (C & P) offers an innovative generalized adaptive radar signal processing technique that will improve the capability of the warfighter to detect enemy combatants (dismounts) in challenging clutter environments. Radar is the sensor of choice for this… more
Abstract:Modern antenna technology makes possible the deployment of systems able to perform radar, communications, and electronic warfare functions with a single aperture. Such systems, due to demanding mission requirements and constraints, must switch among numerous modes while maintaining essential… more
Abstract:The Sea Otter program objective is to design a new vehicle which adds considerable capability to existing systems by taking advantage of recent developments and advancements in electronics and navigational technology. It will be a modular, long range long-duration bottom crawling system that can… more
Abstract:The Science Mission Directorate is chartered with answering fundamental questions requiring the view from and into space. Its future direction will be moving away from exploratory missions (orbiters and flybys) into more detailed/specific exploration missions that are at or near the surface of… more
Abstract:With the advent of more efficient hydrogen reforming systems, a practical hydrogen source has lead to investigations on the operating characteristics of diesel (JP-8) engines with a hydrogen/syngas additive. Several sources have reported that higher thermal efficiencies and lower pollution occur… more
Abstract:Streamline Automation, LLC., is proposing a development program designed to explore the feasibility of achieving hyperkinetic launch capability with a novel electro-thermal gun concept. The new launch system will be insensitive materials compliant, will employ a highly efficient trigger technology… more
Abstract:Assignment of a taxonomic species to a tick specimen pulled from a person is a non-trivial exercise even for a trained taxonomist let alone for a typical health care provider. The nearly 700 species in the taxonomic family Ixodidae, sometimes referred to as hard-backed ticks, are those of most… more
Abstract:Advanced L-Band sources are required for the International Linear Collider (ILC). These must have a power of 10 MW at an efficiency of at least 40% while operating with a beam voltage of 120 kV or lower. This implies a beam perveance of about 4 micropervs. With this perveance, it is essentially… more
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