A Protoflight High Specific Power Electric Propulsion System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$1,124,999.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
D11PC20180
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB1-0381
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB101-012
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
8551 154th Ave NE, Redmond, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044381445
Principal Investigator:
David Kirtley
Principal Investigator
(425) 867-8900
dkirtley@msnwllc.com
Business Contact:
John Slough
Director of Research
(425) 867-8900
sloughj@msnwllc.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) has demonstrated the ability to ionize, electromagnetically accelerate, and eject a broad range of complex and chemically-reactive molecular gases, including monopropellants. EMPT has the potential to dramatically increase the operational range of existing electric propulsion (EP) systems in both power density, power throttling, and propellant choice. Proposed here is a Phase II program to develop protoflight hardware for the EMPT thruster to be flown on FalconSAT-6. This experiment will demonstrate the in-space operation of a high specific power pulsed thruster operating at 1 kW average power on Xenon. A ground-based multi-mode development will demonstrate the electromagnetic operation of the EMPT on monopropellants. The highly scalable EMPT represents a dramatic advancement for EP technology and has direct applications for 1 kW to 1 MW EP thrusters

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