NASA SBIR 2022-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
22-1- Z10.04-1751
Subtopic Title:
Materials, Processes, and Technologies for Advancing In-Space Electric Propulsion Thrusters
Proposal Title:
Passive Two-Phase Thermal Management System for Hall Thruster

Small Business Concern

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 205-0628                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Kuan-Lin Lee
1046 New Holland Avenue, PA 17601 - 5688
(717) 205-0631                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

William Anderson
1046 New Holland Avenue, PA 17601 - 5688
(717) 205-0602                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

As NASA envisions to develop higher power Hall effect thrusters for large payload (or even crew member) transportation, thermal management becomes a bottleneck. In response to NASA technology roadmap “heat rejection system for in-space propulsion” (TA 2.4.4). Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) in collaboration with the University of Michigan proposes to develop an innovative thermal management system for hall thrusters utilizing two-phase and passive cooling techniques. Multiple heat pipes constructed with advanced geometry and wick will be integrated strategically in the hall thruster to manage both plasma heating and ohmic heating from magnetic coils. Working fluid and envelope material will be selected based on thermal, electrical and magnetic properties. A proof-of-concept prototype will be fabricated and its thermal performance under the influence of magnetic and electrical fields will be experimentally characterized. A full-scale hall thruster with two-phase cooling system will be designed and its SWaP benefits will be analyzed jointly by ACT and the collaborator.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The proposed hall thruster cooling system is fully-passive, lightweight and highly reliable. This will allow NASA to develop more capable and longer life electric propulsion technologies for future deep space robotic and human exploration missions beyond LEO. Example missions are Psyche, Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), CAESAR, and Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway (LOP-G).

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The proposed two-phase hall thruster cooling system will enable smaller, lighter and higher specific impulse hall thruster designs, which will benefit many commercial and military satellites, including CubeSats and SmallSats.

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