Hollow-Cathode Capillary-Discharge Pseudospark Pulsed Power Units For Integrated "On-A-Chip" Plasma Propulsion Systems Using MEMS Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-2509
Agency Tracking Number:
O031-0251
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
STARFIRE INDUSTRIES, LLC
1010 W. Stoughton #203, Urbana, IL, 61801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119289051
Principal Investigator:
Brian Jurczyk
President & CEO
(708) 955-6691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact:
Brian Jurczyk
President & CEO
(708) 955-6691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a growing demand for advanced space-based radar/sensor/imaging systems, ballistic missile defense and anti-satellite warfare capability in self-healing distributed infrastructure space networks. Miniaturization of sensor, communications and structural hardware has driven the industry, however, space power and propulsion has significantly lagged behind. Pseudospark technology has the current carrying capability of metal-vapor arcs, control and stability of glow discharges, and size/response characteristics of solid-state switching. In Phase I, Starfire Industries evaluated MEMS-scale integration of pseudospark pulsed power units for space propulsion. Starfire Industries determined there is a viable developmental pathway for a multiuse device serving on-orbit pulsed power conditioning, high power density plasma propulsion with specific impulses from 500-2000 sec and efficiencies 20-40%, spacecraft rapid charge neutralization, and impulse bit attitude control for constellation flying. This Phase II project builds on the successes of Phase I, evaluating high areal density (>100,000 per cm2) pseudospark microdischarge arrays in the laboratory, addressing the critical outstanding issues for technology commercialization, and developing a roadmap towards thrust stand demonstration.

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