Microwave Plasma Propulsion Systems for Defensive Counter-Space

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0087
Agency Tracking Number: F074-036-0010
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF07-T036
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820
DUNS: 119289051
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Jurczyk
 (708) 955-6691
Business Contact
 Brian Jurczyk
Title: President
Phone: (708) 955-6691
Email: bjurczyk@starfireindustries.com
Research Institution
 David N Ruzic
 103 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801
 (217) 333-0332
 Nonprofit college or university
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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