NASA 1998 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 98-1 23.01-4411

PROJECT TITLE: Precision Nano-Satellite Propulsion

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

A miniature, self-contained, high performance electric propulsion system is proposed for Phase I proof-of-concept development. A unique pulsed thruster is described which is configured to operate on a highly integrated power source. Total thruster system mass, including all propellant and the power source, is only 50 g. Projected specific impulse levels are 500 - 1000 sec. at a continuous operation power requirement of 1.0 Watt. Applications include increasing the mission usefulness and cost effectiveness of future NASA nano-satellites with mass levels of 10 kg or less. The proposed thruster system concept offers NASA a high performance, economical, bolt-on, self-contained, non-intrusive propulsion capability for nano-satellites.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

Availability of a stand alone, low cost, easily integrated, high performance miniature propulsion system will significantly enhance the mission capabilities and the cost effectiveness of commercial nano-satellites.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Graeme Aston
Electric Propulsion Laboratory, Inc.
1040 Synthes Ave.
Monument , CO 80132

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR

Electric Propulsion Laboratory, Inc.
1040 Synthes Ave.
Monument , CO 80132