A Plasma Point Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0075
Agency Tracking Number: N041-083-1372
Amount: $69,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-083
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
DUNS: 076337877
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Principal Research Scient
 (609) 580-0080
Business Contact
 Chris Rollins
Title: Vice President
Phone: (301) 306-0010
Email: rollins@researchsupport.com
Research Institution
Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop an innovative defense technology: a large volume plasma generator configured into a plasma point defense cannon to intercept incoming kinetic threats. RSI has developed a patented device to produce large volume atmospheric pressure plasmas. The design is simple, inexpensive, and reliable, using technology found in commercial and industrial microwave heaters. RSI will modify its existing microwave air plasma generator to produce plasma projectiles that will strike targets with high temperature, ionized air. RSI will optimize the technology for effectiveness and efficiency as a plasma projectile and use its expertise in nonintrusive plasma diagnostics to fully characterize the plasmas. The atmospheric pressure discharge will travel to the region of highest microwave field intensity, thus striking the target that has been tracked by a microwave transmitter array. Phase I will include construction of a transmitter station pair, characterization of the plasmas, and a demonstration of plasma generation. Phase II will involve the construction and test of a phased point defense array.

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