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Low Cost Hollow Cathode

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35870
Amount: $61,030.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3150 West 165 Street
Cleveland, OH 44111
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Manzella
 (216) 221-6370
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Research Institution

A low cost hollow cathode is proposed for use with various xenon based electric propulsion systems. In addition to a factor of five reduction in cost the proposed device would offer several advantages over the current NASA developed state-of-art hollow cathode. These advantages include a reduction in the susceptibility to damage through launch vibrations, the replacement of the life limiting swaged heater with an innovative flight proven design with a substantially higher lifetime, and the possibilty to disassemble and replace the contamination sensitive electron emitter. These improvements would be implemented in such a way as to leverage the sunstantial government investment in this technology. The commercial availability of this technology to potential military and commercial users of electric propulsion could be mission enabling if cost is a sianificant design criteria. A commercial hollow cathode with significant advantages over the state-of-art device will be available at low cost for military and commercial electric propulsion systems

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