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Fast Transient Response High Voltage Power Converter for Space Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0155
Agency Tracking Number: 193761
Amount: $735,334.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_19_P2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-08-06
Small Business Information
5933 N Route 220 Hwy
Linden, PA 17744-7703
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Zachary Stimely
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

High voltage power supplies find many uses in NASA scientific missions.nbsp; Numerous missions in the past has had uses for high voltage supplies such as the HST High Resolution Spectrograph (HRS), plasma experiment power supplies, particle detection (HAPI LAPI, DE, International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE), etc.) and aboard Cassini.nbsp; The evolution of high voltage power supplies has proceeded over the years in order to generate higher output voltages and faster slew rates.nbsp; The underlying functionality of these power supplies invariably include a step up transformer and multistage rectifier to provide additional boost.nbsp; The power supply must be designed to a particular load in order to assure good impedance matching to the rectifier to allow for fast transients.nbsp; In addition, supplies can be linearly regulated by using optoisolators in the output.nbsp; A challenge with the optos is degradation over the life of the platform.nbsp; In order to avoid this, we propose a fast switching based high voltage power supply that utilized the resonant switching to provide good efficiencies to the high voltage load.nbsp; The proposed topology allows for very fast transients at the output on the order of 200V/us which will enable new potential scientific missions by allowing for rapid turn on/off and control of the HV supply.nbsp; Linear control of the output will be achieved with the development of this converter.nbsp; The design is to provide magnetic-based isolation between the low voltage satellite bus and the high voltage output.nbsp; The high voltage converter will use Wide Bandgap (WBG) switches in order to provide fast, efficient switching.nbsp; As the operational environment for the converter is critical, the design will be evaluated in order to ascertain reliability and impact to operation with implementing high reliability components.

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