High-Efficiency Multi-Mode Power-Processing Units for Hall-Effect Thrusters Using Electronically-Adjustable Step-Up Transformers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-07-M-3005
Agency Tracking Number: F071-278-1147
Amount: $99,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-278
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
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
 Vice President R&D
 (217) 390-2784
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Title: President
Phone: (708) 955-6691
Email: bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will address the technical and commercial feasibility of developing a dc-dc power processing unit with an electronically-adjustable step-up ratio (i.e. no moving parts) to achieve high conversion efficiencies (>94%) over a broad range of operating voltages (100-800V) and power levels (2-10kW). Plasma propulsion systems with dual-mode capability are currently under development for: (1) the ability to rapidly perform orbital transfers for protection and satellite repositioning, and (2) high propellant utilization for station keeping and attitude control. In order to become cost effective, a flexible power processing unit that can operate across a broad range, while remaining small in both size and volume (<3kg/kW), is needed. Starfire Industries has been researching Hall thruster technologies with improved efficiency, robust modeling capability and also new techniques for multi-mode operation across voltage ranges from 100-800V. Thus, Starfire is well aware of the needed capabilities and system requirements and is ideally suited for conducting additional research into PPU subsystem design. This SBIR proposal will explore the intellectual merit of the novel adjustable dc-dc converter concept and quantify its impacts on satellite design, mission planning, and overall cost. If successful, the broadband dc-dc converter could enable high-performance systems with significantly lower launch costs.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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