nanoFET Satellite Propulsion System for Defensive Counter Space

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,976.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-07-C-0144
Award Id:
83389
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-036-0327
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 131460, Ann Arbor, MI, 48113
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
610511334
Principal Investigator:
DavidMorris
Senior Engineer
(734) 786-1434
morris@edapplications.com
Business Contact:
DavidMorris
Operations Manager
(734) 786-1434
morris@edapplications.com
Research Institute:
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
Kathryn A Dewitt
Div of Research Devel & Admin
Room 1058; 3003 So. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109 1274
(734) 763-6438
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The nanoparticle field extraction thruster (nanoFET) is being developed as an efficient, variable specific impulse electric propulsion device. NanoFET provides thrust by extracting nanometer- to micron-sized particles from a liquid reservoir, and accelerating them electrostatically. With its high efficiency and large thrust-to-power ratio over an unprecedented specific impulse range (100 to 10,000 seconds), nanoFET can provide an exceptional improvement over current propulsion options. In addition, the nature of nanoFET, with its generated beam of solid particles, provides a significant opportunity for counter-space. The objective of this STTR project is to explore nanoFET's utility for the counter-space application. Our team will characterize a variety of coating, erosion, and momentum transfer effects generated by nanoFET that could be used to defend critical U.S. space assets.

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