Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Small propulsion systems needed

NASA's Space Technology Program is seeking proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically change propulsion capabilities of small satellites. Such micro thrusters also might be of use for very fine pointing aboard future large space-based observatories. "Small spacecraft are a dominant trend in aerospace today," said NASA's Space Technology Program Director Michael Gazarik . U.S. organizations, including NASA centers and other government agencies; federally funded research and development centers; educational institutions; industry and nonprofit organizations can submit ideas. This solicitation is an appendix to NASA's Game Changing Opportunities in Technology Development research announcement and can be found through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System website by going to "Solicitation" and then "Open Solicitations" at: (Source: PRNewswire, 02/20/13) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in propulsion technology. NASA tests large rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss. It's also where Rolls-Royce tests jet engines; GE Aviation is building an engines parts plant near Hattiesburg, Miss.; FSU's Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion is in Tallahassee, Fla.