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Definitive Contract - FA930015C2000

OVERVIEW

Awardee
Busek P
Original Description
SBIR PHASE II - LOW MASS LOW SPECIFIC POWER HALL EFFECT THRUSTER
Place of Performance
Natick, MA 1760 USA
Pricing
Cost Plus Fixed Fee
Set Aside
Small Business Set Aside - Total (SBA)
Extent Competed
Full And Open Competition After Exclusion Of Sources
Related Opportunity
None

SBIR DETAILS

Research Type
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II
Title
Low Mass Low Specific Power Hall Effect Thruster
Abstract
ABSTRACT:Busek Co. Inc. proposes to develop a high power, low-mass Hall effect thruster.The baseline thruster is sized at nominally 8kW power level.A specific feature to be implemented includes the use of SmCo permanent magnets.The goal of the effort is to reduce thruster specific mass to <1kg/kW which is a 3-fold decrease over SOA systems of comparable power.Thruster lifetime will be evaluated through a combination of magnetic modeling and erosion analysis and modeling. The target thruster efficiency is >60%.In Phase I Busek evaluated an existing permanent magnet thruster to develop the theoretical and experimental underpinnings of the full power design.Following the experimental effort Busek prepared the detailed engineering design of the thruster designated BHT-8000-PM.The thruster design was supported by magnetic modeling, lifetime predications, and thermal and structural analysis.In Phase II Busek will perform functional, performance and plume testing of the prototype thruster.Using the lessons learned from the prototype thruster development, Busek will design, build and environmentally and performance test an advanced version of the thruster with a center-mounted cathode to raise the maturity level to TRL 6.BENEFIT:The DoD has recently begun an effort to understand the potential of high-power EP for national assets such as AEHF, GPS, WGS, SBIRS, and reconnaissance satellites.Equipping assets with full EP for both orbit transfer and station keeping would allow dual-manifest launches and LEO injections in the majority of cases, saving hundreds of millions of dollars across constellations.In the case of the Space Missile Command (SMC) fleet, EP would allow dual-manifest LEO launches to occur, saving ~15% of the fleet-wide budget which includes the procurement, launch, and operation.The commercial industry is already transitioning to all-electric satellites to perform both orbit raising and station keeping.These include domestic satellite manufacturers Boeing (presently operating L-3 ion engines), Lockheed-Martin, Orbital Sciences and Space Systems/Loral,Between 2020 and 2022, 45 satellite orders are expected to launch having payload power at or near 14 kW, with 18 of these at or above 14 kW.This trend of higher power coincides with advancements in solar array technologies.Present state of the art arrays average 40 W/kg, whereas next generation arrays performance >10 W/kg.
Topic Code
AF141-089
Solicitation Number
2014.1
Contact
Judy Budny
(508) 655-5565
judy@busek.com

STATUS
(Complete)

Period of Performance

9/9/15

Start Date

3/8/19

Current End Date

3/8/19

Potential End Date
100% Complete

Obligations

$749.9K

Total Obligated

$749.9K

Current Award

$749.9K

Potential Award
100% Funded

AWARD RELATIONSHIPS

Definitive Contract

FA930015C2000

Subcontracts

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Subs

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HISTORY

COMPETITION
Solicitation Procedures
Negotiated Proposal/Quote
Number of Offers Received
2
Other Than Full and Open Competition
None
Evaluated Preference
None
Commercial Item Acquisition
Commercial Item Procedures Not Used
Simplified Procedures for Commercial Items
No

OTHER CATEGORIZATIONS

Subcontracting Plan
Plan Not Required
National Interest Action
None
IT Commercial Item Category
Not Applicable
AGENCY DETAIL
Created By
usercw@sa5700.fa9300
Last Modified By
guzman.alvaro.fa9301@us.af.mil
Approved By
guzman.alvaro.fa9301@us.af.mil
Awarding Office
FA9300 FA9300 AFTC PZR
Funding Office
F1SRQ4 F1SRQ4 AFRL RQIL

LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

Clinger-Cohen Act Compliant
No
Construction Wage Rate Requirements
Not Applicable
Labor Standards
Not Applicable
Materials, Supplies, Articles & Equipment
Not Applicable
Last Modified: 7/6/21


PIID: FA9300-15-C-2000