Magnetically Enhanced Vacuum Arc Thruster

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,500.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC04CA19C
Agency Tracking Number:
023979
Solicitation Year:
2002
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation
2235 Polvorosa Avenue, Suite 230, San Leandro, CA, 94577-2249
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
836439968
Principal Investigator:
Not Available
Principal Investigator
(510) 483-4156
na@notavailable.com
Business Contact:
Jochen Schein
Business Official
(510) 483-4156
schein@aasc.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation has demonstrated the feasibility of a new type of electric propulsion device dubbed the Magnetically Enhanced Vacuum Arc Thruster (MVAT). This thruster is itself a variant on the Vacuum Arc Thruster that has been demonstrated via a recently concluded Phase I SBIR contracts from NASA. The VAT was verified to be a throttleable low mass (ca. 150g) high efficiency (ca. 10% measured), high Isp (1000-3000s) electric propulsion device that can be remotely adjusted to deliver individual impulse bits from 0.25?Ns to 50?Ns with repetition rates varying from 1?1000 Hz while all the time providing an Isp of >1000s. The MVAT approach has shown to improve thruster performance and control contamination while keeping the system mass low (<300g). AASC proposes to team with Aerojet to further develop and low level qualify the MVAT to TRL 5.

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