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Low Power Miniature Colloidal High Vacuum Pump

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CP27P
Agency Tracking Number: 154133
Amount: $124,605.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
696 Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524-3006
United States
DUNS: 783630189
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Bango
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 393-9666
Business Contact
 Joseph Bango
Title: Business Official
Phone: (203) 393-9666
Research Institution

Shortly after NASA made the most recent planetary science SBIR topics public, we began discussing the possibility of translating our experience in maximizing momentum transfer by specialized electrospray jets into a vacuum for micro-satellite propulsion as a new alternative to the diffusion pump concept. Indeed, what is currently being done for "colloidal propulsion" parallels the requirements for an effective vapor-jet pump. The attractive feature of colloidal droplets produced by the electrospray phenomena is significant. Principal among these is the lack of volatility of the working fluid, negating the need for diffusion pump heater concepts, and the ability to produce ions or droplets at a known velocity that exceed the thermal velocity of target pump gases using only milliwatts of power. Over the past 30+ years, no significant advance in vacuum pump concepts save for the turbo-molecular pump has been realized. The proposed technology offers a potential for game-changing new technology that may obviate a turbo pump in many applications while promising to provide significant cost savings with unprecedented reliability and longevity.

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