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Rapid Satellite Propulsion System Acceptance Testing for USAF Missions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-21-C-9210
Agency Tracking Number: FX201-CSO1-0429
Amount: $1,859,412.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: J201-CSO1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-03-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-08-09
Small Business Information
1049 Linda Vista Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043-1821
United States
DUNS: 023958707
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Hopkins
 (517) 652-9358
Business Contact
 Michael Cassidy
Phone: (650) 430-8270
Research Institution

Apollo Fusion has developed an integrated electric propulsion module for the commercial satellite market: ACE (Apollo Constellation Engine). The integrated propulsion module supports faster delivery and cheaper/easier integration in the satellite. This SBIR Phase II program will support R&D and defense specified modifications of ACE to allow its use in USG missions. The modifications to increase electric propulsion delta-v capability will support extraordinary mobility satellites, which enable USG missions in hard to access orbits. The SBIR will design, qualify, and deliver a fully integrated propulsion module for a specific AFRL-CRI mission. Apollo Fusion will work with the satellite manufacturer to design a mission-specific integrated propulsion module. Apollo Fusion will design a test plan for qualification testing and acceptance testing that supports the increased robustness and reliability needs of AFRL’s mission.  Apollo Fusion will conduct R&D testing and analysis to support the test plan.  Apollo Fusion will build a defense-specific qualification module to complete qualification testing. Finally, Apollo Fusion will deliver an integrated flight propulsion module to AFRL. At the end of this program Apollo Fusion’s integrated propulsion module will be available for use in USG missions as off-the-shelf hardware.

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