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Technology to Enable Rapid Application of Laser Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: F054-001-0005
Amount: $499,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-12-12
Small Business Information
12130 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301
United States
DUNS: 126112387
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Pakhomov
 Associate Professor of Physics
 (256) 824-2830
Business Contact
 Kevin Mahaffy
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (760) 246-0279
Research Institution

The objective of the proposed research and development effort is to conduct the basic research that is necessary to populate a matrix of validated design inputs for future flight systems. The research effort will demonstrate the feasibility of laser propelled systems with greatly simplified hardware and improved performance. This will be accomplished through application of an advanced propellant system. The performance of the system will be characterized with respects to chemistry, ambient air pressure, laser fluence and gas dynamic conditions in the thruster. This technology will help to enable a responsive, low-cost launch system for micro-satellites, based on the combination of a high efficiency multi-stage electromagnetic gun and laser beam propulsion. The technology will be experimentally demonstrated during the research program.

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