Two-Dimensional Micro-Colloid Thruster Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0118
Agency Tracking Number: F045-005-0186
Amount: $99,677.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760
DUNS: 184629491
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Manuel Martinez-Sanchez
 Professor, Aeronautics & Astronauti
 (617) 253-5613
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Research Institution
 Massachusetts Institute of Tech.
 Michael Corcoran
 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
 (617) 253-3906
 Nonprofit college or university
The proposed research for this project is to perform preliminary required research in order to pursue microfabricated colloid thruster arrays. The project is comprised of the following tasks: i. propellant selection studies to determine appropriate propellant for microfabricated configurations and desired thrust regimes, ii. study of capillary feed physics for transport of propellant to electrospray tips, iii. investigation of extractor electrode designs suitable for high-density arrays of electrospray sources, iv. Characterization of electrochemical corrosion effects upon silicon, the preferred material for microfabrication, v. development of improved models of the electrospray phenomena, and vi. test of a novel bipolar colloid thruster that may promote extended thruster operation in the ionic regime.

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