Vector Inversion Power Conditioning for High Energy Propulsion Concepts

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS8-01149
Agency Tracking Number: 012446
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
500 Wynn Dr. Suite 504, Huntsville, AL, 35816
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Franklin Rose
 Vice-President for Research
 (256) 704-3642
Business Contact
 George Clark
Title: President
Phone: (256) 704-3403
Research Institution
In this work, we will build and demonstrate a Spiral-line Vector Inversion Generator that can take electrostatically stored energy and convert it to high power, high frequency electromagnetic energy in essentially a one-component, one-step process. We will develop a theoretical description of the Vector Inversion Generator, extract design guidelines from the theory, and establish a relevant switch and materials data base for applications. Further, we will demonstrate that this device can operate, depending on the initial operating voltage, at power levels ranging from one kilowatt to gigawatts. This device will greatly simplify power conditioning in high energy pulsed electric thrusters since it effectively combines energy storage with power conditioning in one dynamic element. It allows a well defined and repeatable impulse bit to be delivered at high repetition rates. It may, in fact, enable some electric propulsion concepts for spacecraft applications ranging from simple station keeping to deep space propulsion. It is directly related to Sub-topic A6.01, High Energy Propulsion Technologies.

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