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Magnetically Enhanced Vacuum Arc Thruster

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation
3077 Teagarden St. San Leandro, CA 94577-5720
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Magnetically Enhanced Vacuum Arc Thruster
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC04CA19C
Award Amount: $599,500.00


Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation has demonstrated the feasibility of a new type of electric propulsion device dubbed the Magnetically Enhanced Vacuum Arc Thruster (MVAT). This thruster is itself a variant on the Vacuum Arc Thruster that has been demonstrated via a recently concluded Phase I SBIR contracts from NASA. The VAT was verified to be a throttleable low mass (ca. 150g) high efficiency (ca. 10% measured), high Isp (1000-3000s) electric propulsion device that can be remotely adjusted to deliver individual impulse bits from 0.25?Ns to 50?Ns with repetition rates varying from 1?1000 Hz while all the time providing an Isp of >1000s. The MVAT approach has shown to improve thruster performance and control contamination while keeping the system mass low (<300g). AASC proposes to team with Aerojet to further develop and low level qualify the MVAT to TRL 5.

Principal Investigator:

Jochen Schein
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Jochen Schein
Business Official
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Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation
2235 Polvorosa Avenue, Suite 230 San Leandro, CA 94577

EIN/Tax ID: 943201700
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No