Pulsed FEEP Thruster With Adjustable ISP For Precision Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-04-C-7002
Agency Tracking Number: B041-019-1064
Amount: $99,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-019
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
2235 Polvorosa Avenue, Suite 230, San Leandro, CA, 94577
DUNS: 836439968
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jochen Schein
 Principal Scientist
 (510) 483-4156
Business Contact
 Mahadevan Krishnan
Title: President
Phone: (510) 483-4156
Email: krishnan@aasc.net
Research Institution
AASC proposes to develop a pulsed field emisson electric propulsion system with adjustable specific impulse for microsatellites. A multiemitter liquid metal ion source array is paired with an innovative pulsing network that allows ion emission to be switched using pulses of a few hundred volts. A new automated system is proposed to ensure high effciency over a wide range of ISP. The phase I will develop and test a prototype system to prove the concept. The phase II effort will scale this system up using MEMS technology.

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