Vacuum Arc Nano Thrusters for Nanosatellite Spacecraft Constellations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-02-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: 011NM-1174
Amount: $743,720.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Jochen Schein
 Senior Scientist
 (510) 483-4156
Business Contact
 Michael Boyle
Title: Vice President
Phone: (510) 483-4156
Research Institution
"AASC, in collaboration with team member General Dynamics, Space Propulsion Systems, proposes to advance the Vacuum Arc Thruster (VAT) one step closer to flight qualification status. Phase I successfully demonstrated the low system mass and performancecharacteristics necessary to support "precision propulsion" requirements for constellation based, nano satellite missions. Phase II will benchmark the Phase I basic model design with both an in-space flight demonstration test and VAT lifetime testing. Amore optimized "engineering model grade" system will be designed, built, and delivered. It is the intent that this system would be ready to fly "as is" on a demonstration flight, with the caveat that the "new, streamlined" flight qualification proceduresfollowed in the Phase II program were both acceptable and appropriate to the mission. This attention to also developing a novel way of getting hardware in flight demonstrations early in the cycle represents a significant departure from the standard flighthardware development sequence. With the intent to identify flight design issues early on in an integrated product development fashion, this approach, while "out of the box with attendant risks, has potentially widespread payoff beyond this specific VATtechnology."

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