Electric Pyrogens and Systems for Safer In-line Inititation of Rocket Motors
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DOD / MDA
Electrically Solid Propellants (ESP) are a new class of energetic material that can be formulated as a pyrogen having several safety advantages over BKNO3. These ESP are inherently safe from accidental ignition being controllable via electrical power input. When an ESP is fitted with electrodes and a current of the required voltage is applied, it ignites and continues to energetically burn until the electrical power is removed. Yet, these ESPs are also insensitive to ignition by spark or flame, making them well suited for use as a safer pyrogen than BKNO3. Remarkably, these safer ESP electric pyrogens candidates also burn hotter and produce more gas than current BKNO3 pyrogens. Our modification to initiator pyrogen ignition also should be fully compatible with other accident mitigation methods further down the ignition train.
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DIGITAL SOLID STATE PROPULSION LLC
3515 Airway Drive, Suite 210 Reno, NV 89511
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