Disclosure of grants and contributions awards

Fiscal Year 2017-2018

4th quarter

Recipient Name:Aethera Technologies Ltd.
Location:Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Purpose:Future exploration of our solar system will require continuous innovation and improvements to in-space propulsion. Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Aethera Technologies is developing critical technology for advanced in-space electric propulsion. Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR®) technology has extremely low fuel consumption and much higher performance when compared with conventional chemical propulsion or other electric rockets. The technology offers economic and operational advantages in space commerce, including satellite deployment, re-boost services, refurbishment, and end-of-life disposal. This technology advances humanity's evolution beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) and significantly contributes to the world's technology base for the exploration of space. Leveraging Aethera's expertise in the field of High-Power Radio Frequency systems, the project focuses on the development of Radio Frequency Power Processing Units with extremely high electrical energy conversion efficiencies and mass density.
Comments:The amount allocated covers more than one fiscal year.