Microwave Plasma Propulsion Systems for Defensive Counter-Space

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-07-C-0087
Award Id:
83388
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-036-0010
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119289051
Principal Investigator:
Brian Jurczyk
President
(708) 955-6691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Business Contact:
Brian Jurczyk
President
(708) 955-6691
bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA
David N Ruzic
103 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801
(217) 333-0332
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Due to the proliferation of inexpensive nano-satellites, space situational awareness and object detection/negation are high priorities for protecting US space-borne assets. Starfire Industries is proposing a novel microwave plasma thruster employing electron cyclotron resonance techniques for simultaneous high-power high-efficiency electric propulsion and multiple secondary "dual-use" applications for object detection, illumination and imaging, and space negation. Electron cyclotron resonance offers the potential for very high ionization efficiency and propellant utilization for high thruster efficiency. In addition, this integrated approach could prove valuable for next-generation satellite design with inherent defensive counter space capability. Phase I will demonstrate plasma acceleration with microwave heating in a small experiment coupled with analytical and computational simulations to examine the potential defensive aspects of the overall approach. This effort will provide a foundation for higher-power and defensive application testing in subsequent phases.

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