Precision Electrospray Thruster Assembly (PETA)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CF38P
Agency Tracking Number: 105833
Amount: $99,627.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MA, Hull, MA, 02045-2216
DUNS: 036475218
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Francois Martel
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 925-3893
 fm@space.mit.edu
Business Contact
 Francois Martel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 925-3893
Email: fm@space.mit.edu
Research Institution
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Abstract
New low cost, low volume, low power, rugged electrospray thrusters will be ideal as actuators for precision thrusting, if provided with precision high voltage power supplies. The small thrusters show minimum thrusts of 1.2 nanoNewton, and thrusts scalable in a wide range to hundreds of microNewtons, with an ISp of 3500 sec. We propose in Phase I to develop, test and characterize with electrospray thrusters a high-precision high-voltage power supply optimized for fine control of the thrusters, and designed to support accurate formation flying of space telescope elements, and precision alignment and stabilization of space platforms. The Phase I HV supply design will be developed in Phase II into a cubesat format Precision Electrospray Thruster Assembly including thrusters, and ready for flight tests. At the end of Phase II PETA units will be provided as protoflight avionics to be flown, tested and qualified.

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