NASA SBIR 2022-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
22-1- Z8.13-2481
Subtopic Title:
Space Debris Prevention for Small Spacecraft
Proposal Title:
Structurally Embedded Electrospray Thruster for Orbital Debris Reduction Through Enhanced Small Satellite Maneuverability

Small Business Concern

Integrated Defense Applications, LLC dba IDA Technology
1171 Larry Mahan Drive , El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 504-6529                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Antonio Robali
1171 Larry Mahan Dr, TX 79935 - 6509
(915) 504-6531                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Von Washington
1171 Larry Mahan Dr. , TX 79925 - 6509
(915) 504-6525                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 5
End: 6
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Perform a feasibility study on the use of embedded electrospray thruster (EET) technology as a small-satellite orbital debris reduction tool. The study includes direct measurements of performance of an EET prototype, with results used in astrodynamics simulations investigating the application to end-of-life (EOL) de-orbit or disposal and collision avoidance. The outcome of this work is a summary of the size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) penalty for using the EET technology as an orbital debris reduction tool for mission in all Earth orbits, ranging from LEO through to GEO.



  1. Directly measure performance of a prototype EET
  2. Determine SWAP penalties for application to EOL de-orbit / disposal
  3. Estimate advanced warning time required to implement collision avoidance maneuvers
  4. Predict embedded electrospray thruster technology impact using hypothetical mission scenarios
  5. Report on SWaP-C penalty for implementing EETs as an orbital debris reduction tool

Findings from Objectives 1-4 will be reported in a single Phase I Final Report detailing SWaP-C penalty and orbital debris reduction potential of the EET technology. The report will demonstrate that the EET thruster component has achieved TRL 5 and will propose follow-on development for a Phase II SBIR study to raise the TRL level of the complete EET system, including power processing unit (PPU) to TRL 6.  

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

An embedded electrospray thruster propulsion system implemented as a low Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C) technology that enables end-of-life satellite disposal and collision avoidance maneuvers for small satellites to reduce the amount of orbital debris build-up in critical orbits over time. An array of electrospray thrusters embedded into existing satellite structural elements gives 6 DOF (degree of freedom) maneuvering capabilities to small satellites while maximizing the available payload volume. 

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

Small satellite missions are increasing in complexity. An embedded electrospray thruster will enable longer, more intricate missions by providing active maneuverability while also increasing the available payload volume inside a small satellite allowing for larger, more complex scientific payloads.

Duration:     6

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