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Green Liquid Monopropellant Thruster for In-space Propulsion

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105112
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Green Liquid Monopropellant Thruster for In-space Propulsion
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE21P
Award Amount: $99,884.00
 

Abstract:

Physical Sciences Inc. and AMPAC In-space Propulsion propose to develop a unique chemical propulsion system for the next generation NASA science spacecraft and missions that is compact, lightweight, and can operate with high reliability over extended periods of time and under wide range of thermal environments. The system uses a storable, low toxicity, monopropellant as its working fluid. Under this SBIR program we propose to investigate applications of this monopropellant to the design of in-space propulsion systems appropriate for NASA planetary spacecraft and missions. In Phase I, we propose to experimentally characterize the propellant ignition and combustion processes in detail and use the data to develop design concepts for a liquid monopropellant thruster. In Phase II, we propose to develop and deliver a small scale proof-of-concept engineering prototype thruster. Upon successful technology development under the SBIR program, full-scale protoflight and space flight propulsion systems applicable to specific missions will be developed in Phase III NASA programs.

Principal Investigator:

Prakash B. Joshi
Principal Investigator
9786890003
joshi@psicorp.com

Business Contact:

B. David Green
Business Official
9786890003
green@psicorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Sciences, Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042517090
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No