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Robust, Highly Producible Gel Propellants Formulated for Improved Performance,…

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
340 East Church Road King of Prussia, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Robust, Highly Producible Gel Propellants Formulated for Improved Performance, Reduced Toxicity, and Extended Storability
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: DASG60-02-P-0077
Award Amount: $69,981.00


"Gel bi-propulsion systems can be used as simple boosters and variable thrusters forNASA launch vehicles, spacecraft and satellites as well as bi-propellant systemsutilizing advanced energy management for increased performance tactical missiles, ascompared to currently deployed solid propellant systems. The increased safety of gelsover current hypergolic liquids and high energy-density solid propellants decreaseshazards of manned space flights and reduces handling & transportation risks in groundoperations. The intent of this research is to demonstrate feasibility of formulatinghigh performance particulate fuel gels for bi-propulsion systems wherein the gellantsare formulated with monomethylhydrazine (MMH) and dimethylaminoethylazide (DMAZ)fuelsthat are hypergolic with gelled inhibited red fuming nitric acid (gIFRNA). The object-ive is to develop two families of bi-propulsion gel fuels that combust easily withIRFNA such that neither the L* of the engine must be increased nor the nozzle exhaustplume have a smoky signature. In Phase I, MACH I, Inc. plans to synthesize particu-lates in the form of various nitramine encapsulated cyclodextrin and cyclodextrin ni-trate polymers, nanocarbon fibers and platelets, GAP & GAP ETPE prepolymers and nano-meter particles of alumina and silica. These energetic and nano-particulates will beformulated with MMH (storable gel propellant baseline for high performance) and DMAZ(reduced toxicity high

Principal Investigator:

Albert C. Condo
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Bernard M. Kosowski
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Mach I, Inc.
340 East Church Road King of Prussia, PA 19406

EIN/Tax ID: 232383152
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No