Helicon Hall Thruster

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-08-C-1007
Agency Tracking Number: F051-204-3148
Amount: $749,815.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-204
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 131460, Ann Arbor, MI, 48113
DUNS: 610511334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 David Morris
 Senior Engineer
 (734) 786-1434
Business Contact
 David Morris
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: (734) 786-1434
Email: morris@edapplications.com
Research Institution
This proposal seeks to provide a novel electric propulsion option that will offer significant performance advantages over the current state of the art and surpass the IHPRPT Phase III goals for electrostatic propulsion. This will be accomplished by combining the efficient ionization mechanism of a helicon source with the favorable plasma acceleration properties of a Hall thruster. By utilizing the helicon ionization mechanism in the helicon Hall thruster, we will develop a device that outperforms conventional Hall thrusters at all operating conditions while delivering the most pronounced performance gains at the high thrust-to-power operating conditions of greatest relevance to DoD missions. Over the course of the proposed two-year effort, EDA will work in conjunction with our subcontractor, Aerojet, to design, fabricate, and test an HHT based on the magnetic circuit created in our Phase I effort. We will demonstrate optimized performance of the HHT using both a conventional hollow cathode and a helicon neutralizer during operation on both xenon and argon propellants. This effort will conclusively demonstrate the ability of two-stage Hall thrusters using highly-efficient helicon ionization sources to outperform today’s state-of-the-art in spacecraft propulsion.

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