Scandate Cathode for High Power Long Life Electric Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CC17C
Agency Tracking Number: 124389
Amount: $199,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: E1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
OR, Beaverton, OR, 97007-8739
DUNS: 192000149
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bernard Vancil
 Principal Investigator
 (503) 628-0703
 bernie@ebeaminc.com
Business Contact
 Bernard Vancil
Title: Business Official
Phone: (503) 628-0703
Email: bernie@ebeaminc.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Scandate cathodes are proposed as a way to boost performance and life for electric space propulsion systems. This company has recently demonstrated breakthrough performance on these cathodes in other formats. We have demonstrated emission of 5 Amps/cm2 at 850 degrees CB, which is 200 degrees C below that of conventional cathodes. At this temperature they should live at least 100,000 hours. This makes scandate cathodes a candidate for use in deep space missions.In Phase I we propose construction and testing of several hollow scandate cathodes. We propose to do both vacuum and ion environment characterization on them. In Phase II we will begin active collaboration with NASA to test these cathodes in complete ion thrusters.

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