The technology under development here has numerous applications in the area of electric propulsion, supporting those current and future NASA missions with high power requirements.
This technology is also enabling for DOD customers as well as commercial satellite interests for orbital transfer applications. The appeal of the system to non-NASA customers has been heightened through the availability of high power solar arrays. The coupling of such arrays with high power, efficient gridded ion is indeed mission enabling. In this respect, there would be likely benefits for both government satellites as well as commercial satellite markets. Because the ion source design paves the wave for very high beam currents, applications in materials processing and neutral beam injectors (fusion) are anticipated.