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Scandate Cathode for High Power Long Life Electric Propulsion

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124389
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
E1.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
E-BEAM, INC.
21070 Southwest Tile Flat Road Beaverton, OR 97007-8739
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Scandate Cathode for High Power Long Life Electric Propulsion
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CC17C
Award Amount: $199,982.00
 

Abstract:

Scandate cathodes are proposed as a way to boost performance and life for electric space propulsion systems. This company has recently demonstrated breakthrough performance on these cathodes in other formats. We have demonstrated emission of 5 Amps/cm2 at 850 degrees CB, which is 200 degrees C below that of conventional cathodes. At this temperature they should live at least 100,000 hours. This makes scandate cathodes a candidate for use in deep space missions.In Phase I we propose construction and testing of several hollow scandate cathodes. We propose to do both vacuum and ion environment characterization on them. In Phase II we will begin active collaboration with NASA to test these cathodes in complete ion thrusters.

Principal Investigator:

Bernard K. Vancil
Principal Investigator
5036280703
bernie@ebeaminc.com

Business Contact:

Bernard Vancil
Business Official
5036280703
bernie@ebeaminc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

e-beam, Inc.
21070 Southwest Tile Flat Road Beaverton, OR 97007-8739

EIN/Tax ID: 753038635
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No