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Turn-Key Small Satellite Thruster with On-Demand Pressurization and Non-Toxic Propellant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA3002-19-P-A063
Agency Tracking Number: F183-005-1225
Amount: $47,416.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-14
Small Business Information
12 Gregory Drive, South Burlington, VT, 05403
DUNS: 080847279
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ryan McDevitt
 (802) 999-8211
Business Contact
 Ryan McDevitt
Phone: (802) 999-8211
Research Institution
As the new space revolution develops, the number of small satellites is expected to grow to thousands launched each year. Following the current commercial satellite demonstration period, production spacecraft and constellations will depend on innovative micro-scaled propulsion technology to meet mission capability and endurance requirements. Most satellite integrators and end-users have not yet identified thruster technology that can meet safety, lead time, and cost objectives.Benchmark Space Systems (BSS) is developing the B125 bipropellant thruster (Specific Impulse Isp = 285s) targeted at commercial and defense small satellite missions. The BSS system uses a patent-pending technique for mixing the oxidizer and a Non-toxic Hypergolic Miscible Fuel to initiate decomposition and combustion without the need for a pre-heated catalyst bed which inherently have significant cost, lead time, and power consumption. The B125 system also takes advantage of our patented on-orbit pressurization subsystem, avoiding several procedural launch costs and regulatory challenges. The propulsion system proposed is based on past work performed by UVM and NASA Goddard. This disruptive solution represents a simple yet sophisticated clean-sheet design, initially aimed at LEO spacecraft and scalable to support future capability roadmaps and rapid technology refresh across commercial and defense applications.

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