Physical Improvements in Exciter/Igniter Units

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC08CA14C
Agency Tracking Number: 066898
Amount: $599,162.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: X9.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Alphaport, Inc.
18013 Cleveland Parkway Drive, Suite 170, Cleveland, OH, 44135-3235
DUNS: 083692272
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Aulisio
 Principal Investigator
 (440) 225-8811
 maulisio@alpha-port.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Miranda
Title: President, COO
Phone: (216) 441-4335
Email: ajmiranda@alpha-port.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed Phase 2 project consists of the physical integration of our Phase 1 small, compact exciter with a "flight like" igniter or spark plug capable of hot-fire testing. The exciter/igniter unit will operate to a pre-established subset of expected flight performance requirements established and met in Phase 1. The exciter/igniter unit will physically integrate the exciter electronics with an igniter (spark plug) to demonstrate "end-to-end" functionality capable of providing ionizing voltage greater than 20 kV for a spark energy of 45 to 50 mJ at a rate of 200-300 sparks per second. The exciter is about half the weight and will occupy about half the volume of the current state-of-the-art exciters. The integrated exciter/igniter eliminates the problems associated with long HV cable runs; as long as long as 4 feet, and the potential for erroneous connections. The development of this integrated exciter/igniter unit will follow a phased approach covering design, development, analysis, assembly, test and verification. The implications of the proposed project are for space and weight savings in the overall development of green propulsion systems as applicable to research projects in Exploration Systems and specifically applicable to Topic X9 Propulsion and Propellant Storage.

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