LIQUID PROPELLANT PULSED ELECTROTHERMAL THRUSTER

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$345,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5922
Agency Tracking Number:
5922
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5705a General Washington Dr, Alexandria, VA, 22312
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Rodney L Burton
(703) 642-8150
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
AN ON-ORBIT PROPULSION CAPACITY IS REQUIRED FOR STRATEGIC DEFENSE THATFEATURES HIGH EFFICIENCY AT A SPECIFIC IMPULSE OF 1000-3000 SECONDS. THIS PROPULSION IS REQUIRED FOR ORBIT TRANSFER, ORBITAL MANEUVERING AND STATION-KEEPING MISSIONS. THE PULSED ELECTROTHERMAL (PET) THRUSTER SEEMS PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE FOR THESE APPLICATIONS, AND HASPREVIOUSLY APPROACHED THE REQUIRED PERFORMANCE LEVELS WITH WATER PROPELLANT IN THRUST STAND EXPERIMENTS. BECAUSE 10E8 PULSES OR MORE AT 1500 SECONDS ARE REQUIRED FOR ORBIT TRANSFER AND MANEUVERING MISSIONS, THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF A LIFE-CYCLE TEST STUDY IS BEING EXAMINED FOCUSING ON THE THRUSTER DESIGN AND FACILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TEST. SUCH PARAMETERS INCLUDE POWER SUPPLY, POWER CONDITIONING, LIQUID PROPELLANT SELECTION AND HANDLING, THERMAL MANAGEMENT, THRUSTER HEAD VACUUM CHAMBER INTERFACE AND VACUUM SYSTEM.

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