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Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Based Material for Rocket Propulsion or Tether…

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Utility Development Corporation
112 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Based Material for Rocket Propulsion or Tether Applications
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9300-11-M-2010
Award Amount: $40,000.00


The objective will be to develop and demonstrate CNT based composites that will prove the feasibility for utilizing the new high performance ultra-lightweight and high strength materials for Liquid Rocket Engine nozzle extensions and Solid Rocket Motor exit cones. These new composites will be tested during this Phase I program, including tests for physical properties at 800oF in oxygen rich environment and resistance to aggressive chemicals. Another objective of this program will be to prove the feasibility of providing a high strength and continuous length tether for space applications that will be based upon very high strength filaments with a synergistic matrix that contains short fiber/filler reinforcements. At the end of Phase I, UDC will provide a detailed report with results and conclusions, and a Phase II plan, schedule and cost estimate. BENEFIT: The proposed program will make a significant contribution towards the development and optimization of CNT reinforced composites. Department of Defense application will include ballistic missile, space launch, and space transport applications. These composites will also be used in commercial aerospace as well as NASA space launch/transport applications.

Principal Investigator:

Harry S. Katz
(973) 994-4334

Business Contact:

Harry S. Katz
(973) 994-4334
Small Business Information at Submission:

Utility Development Corporation
112 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ -

EIN/Tax ID: 222429539
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No