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Non-Toxic Propulsion Systems for BMDS Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B112-025-0004
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-025
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Non-Toxic Propulsion Systems for BMDS Applications
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7868
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

ORBITEC proposes to develop non-toxic propulsion systems to replace hyradzine-derivative systems in interceptor applications. In ongoing work, ORBITEC has been developing high-performance ionic liquid fuels. These inherently non-volatile fuels promise safer, less sensitive systems while providing specific impulse comparable to MMH and density specific impulse 10-15% higher. Because the ionic liquid fuels ignite and combust differently than vintage hypergols, they require special hardware to full realize their benefits. The objectives of the proposed program are to design and test thrust chamber assemblies specifically tailored to these fuels. The results of the Phase I program will be a thorough understanding of the combustion of the ionic liquid fuels, a set of injector and chamber hardware optimized to the fuels, and a strategy for scaling up the designs. The Phase II program would scale up the hardware and target an interceptor application. The ultimate result of this SBIR program will be the development of propulsion systems appropriate to BMDS and a host of other tactical systems and will offer high performance, improved safety, and cost savings.

Principal Investigator:

Millicent Coil
Senior Propulsion Engineer
(608) 229-2812
coilm@orbitec.com

Business Contact:

Eric E. Rice
CEO
(608) 229-2730
knaufs@orbitec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI -

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No