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BUSEK PRESS RELEASE Busek Wins NASA Contracts for Key Technology towards Asteroid Missions Natick, Massachusetts - April, 2013 NATICK, April 25, 2013 - Busek Co. Inc., a US space propulsion and systems firm, won six NASA Small Business Innovation Research  (SBIR) Phase I awards, which were announced earlier this month.  Three of the awards were under the new NASA "Select" SBIR topic, "High  Power Electric Propulsion Systems", a key technology needed for missions such as asteroid retrieval. The three "Select" SBIR awards have  a potential contract value of up to $5.1M. NASA's "Select" topics under SBIR include technology areas intended to enable future space missions. NASA has identified high-power  (15kW-class) Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) systems using Hall effect thrusters as a key component to reducing mass and driving cost  savings in lunar cargo, Mars cargo, and asteroid retrieval missions. Busek has previous and ongoing research and development supporting  both the NASA Glenn Research Center and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Much of this work is in the area of advancing the technology  readiness and lifetime of high-power (10-20kW-class) Hall effect thrusters and subsystems, a type of solar electric propulsion. "Busek is proud to continue our support of NASA's initiatives. These awards position Busek to supply NASA with Hall thruster technology for  a near term high power SEP Technology Demonstration Mission and opens the door to missions such as asteroid retrieval and mining," said  Vlad Hruby, President of Busek. Ultimately, multiple high power thrusters could be clustered together for larger vehicles in the 30kW to  100kW power range, according to Hruby. Hall thrusters may reduce spacecraft mass by up to 40% versus those which use traditional  propulsion systems. For large commercial satellites, this mass reduction may equate to upwards of $50M in launch-cost savings. ABOUT BUSEK CO. INC. Busek Co. Inc. is a privately held advanced space system company located in Natick, Massachusetts. For over 25 years Busek has provided  a wide range of thrusters, electronics, space systems, research and complete mission and system engineering support for customers  including the major aerospace primes, NASA and the US Air Force.  Busek flight heritage includes products developed for AFRL TacSat-2,  USAFA FalconSat-3, FalconSat-5, and NASA/ESA Lisa Pathfinder.  In the late nineties, Busek licensed its Hall thruster technology to Aerojet  Corp. that produced the BPT-4000 Hall thruster now flying on the Advanced EHF satellite. Distribution Statement "A" (Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited) CONTACT: W. Dan Williams, Ph.D. Bruce Pote Director of Business Development Director of Hall Thrusters wdanwilliams@busek.com bpote@busek.com
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