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Direct Plasma Production from Electric Solid Propellant for High Velocity…

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Digital Solid State Propulsion Inc
5475 Louie Lane, Suite D Reno, NV 89511-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Direct Plasma Production from Electric Solid Propellant for High Velocity Launch Systems
Agency: DOD
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0053
Award Amount: $99,942.00


As an alternative to double-base propellants we propose electric solid propellants (ESP) as a safe, green, higher performance alternative to double-base propellants for high velocity electro thermal chemical (ETC) canons. These new energetic materials are inherently safe, with ignition only possible via the sustained supply of electrical power and not by spark, flame or even bullet impact. A major disadvantage of conventional double-base propellants for ETC use is their extremely low loading densities @ ~0.3g/cm3, required for plasma spreading within the combustion chamber (shell). Unlike those double-base propellants, ESPs can be packaged as a single monolithic grain igniting by one or more inert electrodes and allow 4-5 times greater loading densities. This reduction of parasitic volume of the ETC rounds will allow more ammunition to be transported by the Warfighter in less space.

Principal Investigator:

Wayne Sawka
(775) 851-4443

Business Contact:

Joesph Viola
Vice President Finance
(775) 851-4443
Small Business Information at Submission:

Digital Solid State Propulsion LLC
6150 Sunrise Meadows Loop Reno, NV -

EIN/Tax ID: 300344038
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No