Sight Based- Container Handling Equipment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: A982-2042
Agency Tracking Number: A982-2042
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1999
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
120 West Lanchaster Ave,, Third Floor, Ardmore, PA, 19003
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Katucki
 (610) 642-4000
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Not Available New England Space Works proposes to magnetically control the thrust plume from an RF plasma thruster. Two issues will be addressed, plume divergence and thrust direction. Plume divergence is controlled by the point in the exhaust where the plasma breaks free of the magnetic field lines. The physical model for the thrust divergence will be verified, then used to design a unique magnetic circuit to minimize divergence. The use of magnetic coils to change thrust direction without use of gimbals will also be examined. This work will enhance the RF plasma thruster, uniquely suited for low power operation because it does not have the hollow cathode propellant losses of gridded ion and Hall thrusters, nor the propellant loss at end of pulse of the PPT.

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