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Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105818
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Pioneer Astronautics
11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A Lakewood, CO 80215-5516
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE18P
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines (NOME) are a new type of nitrous oxide dissociation thruster designed to generate low levels of thrust that can be used for RCS control in large satellites or as main propulsion in micro-satellites. Nitrous is the ideal propellant choice for RCS control in satellites due to the fact that it is non-toxic, non-cryogenic, easily storable, self-pressurizing, and cost effective (unlike monopropellant engines that use hydrazine or hydrogen peroxide which are toxic and/or dangerous, increasing ground costs). NOME engines will have all the desirable features of other monopropellant engines (i.e. simplicity of design, restartable/control on demand, and repeatability) NOME engines will also have a comparable ISP to current monopropellant engines (near 190s) but will be made to achieve greater simplicity and lower handling costs than current systems. NOMEs will have over double the Isp of cold gas reaction control systems.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Zubrin
Principal Investigator
3039800890
zubrin@aol.com

Business Contact:

Robert Zubrin
Business Official
3039800890
zubrin@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Pioneer Astronautics
11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A Lakewood, CO 80215-5516

EIN/Tax ID: 841322304
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No