Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron:

971476

Proposal

Number:

08.02-1122

Project Title:

HIGH-EFFICIENCY, GAS-FUELED

PULSED PLASMA THRUSTER WITH

ALL-SOLID-STATE DRIVE

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

The objective of this effort is to develop a compact,

efficient, gas-fueled pulsed plasma thruster (PPT)

for space propulsion applications. Pulsed power to

drive the thruster will be delivered via a highly

reliable, all-solid-state nonlinear magnetic pulse

compressor to be optimized specifically for pulsed

plasma thruster applications. Initial

proof-of-concept demonstrations conducted at

Princeton University's Electric Propulsion and

Plasma Dynamics Laboratory (EPPDyL) have

demonstrated up to 50% electrical efficiency with

mass utilization efficiencies approaching 100%. The

thruster has also been designed so as to be

propellant insensitive, opening up the possibility of

utilizing propellants which might be mined at the

destination for the return trip.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

Successful completion of this SBIR will result in a

new class of efficient, reliable, lightweight electric

thrusters for space-based propulsion. These

thrusters will be suitable for providing either

primary propulsion or stationkeeping requirements

to a vast array of commercial satellites.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

DANIEL BIRX

SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY INC

15 WARD ST

SOMERVILLE , MA 02143

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,

City/State/Zip)

JONAH JACOB

SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, INC.

15 WARD ST

SOMERVILLE , MA 02143