High Power Planar Hall Thruster Technology Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-05-M-3009
Agency Tracking Number: F051-204-3491
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-204
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820
DUNS: 119289051
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Stubbers
 Senior Engineer
 (217) 390-2784
 rstubbers@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Title: President
Phone: (708) 955-6691
Email: bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR will test the feasibility and viability of a Planar Hall Thruster (PHT) to enable high-power, modular thrusters with improved operating characteristics and lower lifecycle costs. Recent research suggests that conventional Hall thrusters may have limitations on efficiency and power scaling that are not easily overcome based on geometric factors. A planar geometry relaxes these constraints and can lead to a higher efficiency platform if a method to handle the drift current particle losses are found. This Phase I effort will address both of these issues.

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