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SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 8
Total Value of Awards $2.66MM
First Award Date 06/07/99
Most Recent Award Date 04/01/04

Key Personnel

Last Name Name Awards Contact
White Mr. David White 3 Message
Schilling Mr. John Schilling 8 Message

8 Awards Won

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Stanford University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF03T016
Budget: 04/01/04 - 04/01/06

Concern exists in the space industry about the effect of µPPT and the Hall Effect Thrusters on spacecraft and their power generation systems. Numerical modeling data must be verified with on-orbit data because ground measurements of contamination effects in vacuum chambers do not fully reflect space conditions. Thus, a sensor package will be ma...

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Stanford University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF03T016
Budget: 09/20/03 - 09/20/04

The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate greatly extended lifetimes for existing Hall Effect Thruster (HET) designs by using solid diamond components. Polycrystaline diamond is now readily available as an engineering ceramic in sizes suitable for use in HET's because of the rapid progress made in plasma-assisted Chemical Vapor Dispositio...

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Stanford University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF03T027
Budget: 09/20/03 - 09/20/04

In this proposal we intend to modify an existing Micro-PPT to use an energetic propellent known as ECESP. The fuel ignites and burns only when electrical current is applied. It also survives the electrical discharge of a Pulsed Plasma Thruster without carbonization or charring. By appling to different type of electrical current, we can force the...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF00-229
Budget: 09/01/01 - 12/01/03

The objective of this proposal is to develop a micro pulsed plasma thruster (micro-PPT), or even a family of micro-PPTs, with substantially reduced system mass. Secondary objectives are higher thrust, improved propellant efficiencies, and scalability across a wider range of operating energies, compared to current PPT designs. PPTs operating at p...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF99-214
Budget: 09/29/00 - 12/30/02

Under this Phase II SBIR program, work will continue on the development of the electrically controlled propellant that is currently being researched on a PHASE I SBIR effort. Work completed to date on the Phase I program has demonstrated (1) the feasibility of electrical initiating combustion of a very safe solid solution propellant, (2) sustai...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF00-229
Budget: 07/23/00 - 02/23/01

The objective of this proposal is to develop and test an advanced micro pulsed plasmathruster suitable for TechSat21, with substantially higher energy and propellant efficiency than current designs, resulting in correspondingly higher operational performance (i.e. thrust and specific impulse). The purposed thruster will be coaxial and 1/20th the...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: BMDO00-006
Budget: 01/01/00 - 12/31/00

This proposal is to develop and test a small solid fueled thruster using an Electrically Controlled Extinguishable Solid Propellant (ECESP). The resultentthruster will combine the simplicity and storability advantages of solid fuel with controllability of the short duration pulsed thrust from a small liquid thruster. The fuel burns only in the ...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF99-214
Budget: 06/07/99 - 02/24/00

Pulsed plasma thrusters are a possible propulsion system for all small satelites of the future, specially the USAF TechSat-21 program. They probably represent the key enabling technology for future spacecraft in the 20-100 kg class. Current PPT systems are characterized by extremely por efficiency, utilizing only ten percent of the energy and tw...