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Variable Thrust, Multiple Start Hybrid Motor Solutions for Missile and Space…

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
IN Space, L.L.C.
3495 Kent Avenue Suite G100 West Lafayette, IN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Variable Thrust, Multiple Start Hybrid Motor Solutions for Missile and Space Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA9300-08-M-3108
Award Amount: $99,190.00


Energy management in missile systems can provide substantial performance advantages, especially for modern missiles capable of all-aspect engagements. Maximum flexibility is offered by a system that can be throttled, shut off entirely and restarted when needed. The proposed project aims to achieve efficient combustion during throttling and restart capability without the need for a separate ignition system that adds to a vehicle's mass and complexity. The innovative approach outlined in this proposal will utilize the catalytic decomposition of an oxidizer to enable flexible hybrid propulsion systems while also addressing both the low regression rate and slivering issues in hybrid rocket motors for missile or space launch applications. The Phase I effort will focus on generating conceptual designs of identified missile and upper stage propulsion systems, developing and assessing the performance and ignition characteristics of catalytic fuel grains for the oxidizers of interest, and experimentally investigating throttling capabilities and the fundamental control laws to achieve the desired thrust control. This research and development effort will be assist by the research and rocket testing facilities at Purdue University and the internal ballistics and combustion expertise at General Kinetics.

Principal Investigator:

B. J. Austin

Business Contact:

Amy Austin
Business Manager
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1801 Kalberer Rd. Suite G100 West Lafayette, IN 47906

EIN/Tax ID: 061678762
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No