Low Mass Low Power Hall Thruster System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD06P
Agency Tracking Number:
095869
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Busek Co., Inc.
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760-1023
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
185739591
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Pote
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 655-5565
 bpote@busek.com
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Email: judy@busek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NASA is seeking electric propulsion systems capable of producing up to 20mN thrust, input power up to 1000W and specific impulse ranging from 1600-3500 seconds. The target mass is 1kg for the thruster and 2kg for the power processor unit (PPU). The proposed system will be based on a variant of our low power HET family, the NASA in-situ channel replacement technology for thruster life extension, and a simplified PPU based on our patented multi-functional single converter PPU. In Phase I Busek proposes to develop subsystem designs for the thruster/cathode, PPU and XFS and demonstrate through integrated testing a new power processing architecture that replaces the four main DC-DC converters of a typical PPU with a single multi-functional converter. A major activity of the Phase 1 effort will be the design, fabrication and test of a breadboard version of the multi-functional converter using our high efficiency power converter topology. In Phase II we will design and build engineering prototypes of each subsystem and conduct a TRL 6 integrated system demonstration. At the conclusion of the program the system will be delivered to GRC for extended duration testing in NASA facilities.

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