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Heat-Exchanger for High Specific Impulse Maneuvering

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
18071
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18071
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Combustion Sciences, Inc.
501 S. Sixth Street Champaign, IL 61820
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: Heat-Exchanger for High Specific Impulse Maneuvering
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,520.00
 

Abstract:

Strategic defense missions place a premium on the performance capabilities of onboard propulsion systems. An innovative technique for producing very high impulse at excellent thrust-to-weight ratios is known as laser-powered heat-exchanger propulsion. A remotely stationed high power laser is used to heat a propellent gas within a rocket engine, and the heated gas is exhausted to generate thrust at very high specific impulses. Until now, laser propulsion research has focussed on the use of high-temperature plasmas to convert laser energy into propellant heat. CSI's approach will use a direct-absorption "heat exchanger" as the conversion mechanism, a technique which is far less complex yet offers specific impulse performance in the range of 500-1000 seconds. Such a propulsion system can increase the payload capacity of on-orbit orbital transfer vehicles, or can enhance the range capability of ground-based interceptors.

Principal Investigator:

John W. Black
2173564497

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Combustion Sciences, Inc.
501 S. Sixth Street Champaign, IL 61820

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No