Ceramic Microthruster Clusters for Nano- and Microsatellites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-08-M-3004
Agency Tracking Number: F081-061-0368
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF081-061
Solitcitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
19501 144th Avenue NE, Suite F-500, Woodinville, WA, 98072
Duns: 015577190
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephanie Sawhill
 Director, Research & Development
 (425) 485-7272
Business Contact
 Ender Savrun
Title: President
Phone: (425) 485-7272
Email: ender.savrun@siennatech.com
Research Institution
In this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, a high throughput chemical micropropulsion system for nano- and microsatellites will be developed. The microthruster will use an all-ceramic construction to withstand the high temperatures associated with the high Isp, clean burning, high-energy-density, non-toxic liquid monopropellant. The developed high throughput propulsion system will enable micro- and nano-satellites to execute precision orbital transfer and rendezvous missions, allow precision pointing of the spacecraft and its sensors, and make incremental orbital adjustments. In Phase I, modeling and simulation will be carried out to select propellant composition, i.e., oxidizer/fuel ratio, and microthruster geometry to maximize the Isp. Catalysts evaluation for decomposition of the liquid monopropellant, and materials selection for microthruster construction will be completed. Microthruster fabrication techniques will also be identified for construction and testing of a fully functional microthruster in Phase II.

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