Plasma Controls, LLC

1180 La Eda Lane
Fort Collins, CO 80526
3 Employees

SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 8
Total Value of Awards $2.45MM
First Award Date 06/13/08
Most Recent Award Date 06/17/15

Key Personnel

Last Name Name Awards Contact
Farnell Dr. Casey C. Farnell 7 Message
Farnell Cody C Farnell 4 Message

8 Awards Won

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: S3.02
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15

Plasma Controls, LLC will develop hollow cathode electron sources based on a novel inorganic electron emitting material. Current state of the art cathodes include barium oxide based cathodes, which are susceptible to contamination, and lanthanum hexaboride cathodes, which must be operated at very high temperatures. In contrast, electride cathode...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: S3.02
Budget: 05/07/15 - 05/06/17

Plasma Controls will manufacture and test several sets of ion optics for electric propulsion ion thrusters using additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing can potentially produce optics with novel or complex geometry that have better performance compared to those made traditionally, while also giving co...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-S3.02
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14

Plasma Controls will manufacture and test a set of ion optics for electric propulsion ion thrusters using additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing can potentially produce optics with novel or complex geometry that have better performance compared to those made traditionally, while also giving cost and ...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 03 B-2011
Budget: 01/01/11 - 12/31/11

The Department of Energy is interested in increasing the performance and cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric generator modules intended for waste heat recovery systems. Although high-efficiency small-scale thermoelectric materials have been demonstrated in the laboratory, scaling to production-level devices has proven difficult. A team of resea...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 03 B-2010
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10

The Department of Energy is interested in increasing the performance and cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric generator modules intended for waste heat recovery systems. Although high-efficiency small-scale thermoelectric generators have been demonstrated in the laboratory, scaling to production-level devices has proven difficult. A team of rese...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: BT.-2010
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop the use of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) as a method of applying hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings onto next-generation titanium alloy implantable biocompatible materials. PECVD is attractive as a method to address key drawbacks of conventional coatings and appli...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-08-050
Budget: 08/15/09 - 01/31/11

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In the Phase I research project, Plasma Controls will demonstrate the abilities and usefulness of an advanced plasma processing technique known as plasma based ion implantation and deposition (PBII&D) by applying hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium alloy surfaces. In PBII&D, the hydroxyapatite constituents ar...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF081-062
Budget: 06/13/08 - 03/13/09

Hall thrusters operated with bismuth propellant provide performance and cost advantages over devices operated with xenon propellant. However, bismuth propellant also has the potential to transport onto, and contaminate, spacecraft surfaces. Before the promise of bismuth thrusters can be exploited, the threat of contamination must be (1) quanti...