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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8751-19-C-A044
Agency Tracking Number: F183-005-1225
Amount: $679,422.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-06
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
Email: rmcdevitt@benchmark-space.com
Research Institution
The overall objective of this SBIR project is to adapt Benchmark Space Systems commercially-available chemical propulsion system, the B125, for use in Air Force small satellite missions. During Phase I of the project, Benchmark Space personnel worked with customer/end-users from the AFRL SSP to identify the modifications required to adapt the B125 to meet current and future needs of the broad USAF end-users, and a test and demonstration plan developed to ensure a feasible path to a flight qualified end-item. These adaptations included improving the specific impulse of the thrusters, adding attitude control and relative positioning capabilities, and increasing the resolution of the impulse-bit. In Phase II of this project, the propulsion system will be modified and the AFRL-prescribed tests and laboratory demonstrations will be performed. Empowered and committed AF End-Users have provided an MOU with defined Phase II roles and responsibilities, including a CADRA to include collaborative qual testing at AFRL/RVEN (Kirtland AFB) as well as hot fire testing at AFRL/RQRS (Edwards AFB). A successful test campaign will prepare the hardware for several different Phase III opportunities, with proposed transition support and resources from AFRL/RVKI aimed at FlatSat integration and on-orbit technology demonstration.

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