Non-NASA uses for the proposed idea are commercial applications for space power where low cost and high efficiency are desired. The advantages outlined for NASA applications also apply here. One specific non-NASA application is for Aerojet thrusters that are being developed for geosynchronous satellite use. Commercial non-flight applications include laboratory bench power supplies. A path to high volume sales may be achieved by using the converters refined in this SBIR for general purpose scientific equipment. The high-efficiency of the resonant converters may also lead to "green energy" applications such as solar energy power conversion.
The primary market for this technology is for low-cost electric propulsion systems where Hall thrusters are likely to be used. It is anticipated that the CPE PPU will have a lower cost than state-of-the-art designs. Additionally, the high specific mass and high efficiency will reduce the overall system cost. The wide-range capabilities can help enable missions where shifts between high thrust for short-term maneuvers and high ISP for long-term operation are desirable. The wide-range capabilities also enable one PPU design to be used in a variety of different applications.