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Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend-Continuous Operation Lunar Thruster (NOFB-COLT)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2008 / SBIR
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Firestar Engineering, LLC
1122 Flightline Street, #76 Mojave, CA 93501-1610
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend-Continuous Operation Lunar Thruster (NOFB-COLT)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC42P
Award Amount: $96,152.00


We propose conducting further development for a Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend (NOFB) propulsion system. Phase I activities will concentrate on a revising a previous 5 lbf thruster to facilitate continuous operation with repeated restart. The thruster will utilize a novel new NOFB monopropellant. NOFB series monopropellant formulations have the following characteristics: 1) Non-toxic and readily manufacturable; 2) Vacuum specific impulse of 310+s (compared to monopropellant hydrazine's 235s); 3) Space-storable with wide temperature storage limits from 100 C; 4) High storage density at equivalent to twice as dense as monopropellant hydrazine depending on temperature; 5) Potentially highly throttleable due to very fast reaction kinetics; and 6) Self-pressurizing thereby simplifying the overall feed system architecture and reliability. Due to these desirable characteristics of NOFB monopropellants, Phase I funding is requested from the NASA SBIR program.

Principal Investigator:

David J. Fisher
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Greg S. Mungas
Business Official
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Firestar Engineering, LLC
557 Burbank Street, Unit J Broomfield, CO 80020

EIN/Tax ID: 010663015
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Woman-Owned: No
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