Micro-Newton Thrust Stand

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F04611-01-C-0048
Agency Tracking Number:
001PR-4003
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BUSEK CO., INC.
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
184629491
Principal Investigator:
V. Hruby
President
(508) 655-5565
vhruby@busek.com
Business Contact:
J. Budny
Contracts Administrator
(508) 655-5565
judy@busek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Micro thrusters are needed for: (1) fleets of satellites in closely spaced formation such as TechSat 21; (2) controlling the dynamics of large space structures; and (3) large interferometric spacecraft that require extremely precise positioning. Thrusterssuch as FEEPs, micro PPT and colloids meet the propulsion requirements. To measure their performance, a thrust stand capable of sub micro-Newton resolution must be developed. In Phase I, we have demonstrated the feasibility of such a thrust stand thatcarry up to 30 kg thrus achieving thrust to weight ratio of 3.0E-9. Its unique suspension reduces effects of facility vibrations and alleviates zero inclination requirements while offering frictionless movement. In Phase II the micro-Newton thrust standconstructed during Phase I will be fully characterized with a colloid thruster and a micro PPT if the AFRL provides it for that purpose. It will operate in two modes, the

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