Colloid Thruster for Attitude Control Systems (ACS) and Tip-off Control Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD10P
Agency Tracking Number: 075294
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Busek Co., Inc.
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760-1023
DUNS: 185739591
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nathaniel Demmons
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 655-5565
 nate@busek.com
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Email: judy@busek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to develop and test key technologies needed for an integrated, high thrust colloid thruster system with no moving parts, for spacecraft attitude control and tip-off rotation cancellation. Busek has already successfully demonstrated the use of porous substrates as planar emitters for colloid thrusters. In this proposal we will pursue enabling technologies for such a thruster, such as a passive feedsystem and an isolation membrane for separating the propellant in the reservoir from the thruster head prior to launch. Advancements to date suggest viable approaches for the development of a cost-effective, reliable, and flexible thruster configuration.

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