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Advanced Green Micropropulsion System

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Systima Technologies, Inc.
WA Bothell, WA 98012-6454
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Advanced Green Micropropulsion System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CC73P
Award Amount: $124,822.00


Systima in collaboration with the University of Washington will develop a high performance, advanced green monopropellant microthruster (0.1?1.0 N) for small- and micro-satellites. The microthruster utilizes a high energy density HAN-based monopropellant AF-M315E, and a novel injection system to maximize thruster performance. The propellant is non-toxic making it easy to store, integrate into modular designs and launch without added costs associated with handling toxic propellants such as hydrazine. Phase I will focus on development of the microthruster propellant injection system to deliver propellant to a miniaturized catalyst bed to provide fast response while maintaining the life of the catalyst bed. In Phase II these systems will be integrated into the full microthruster design. This effort will result in a micropropulsion system with a modular design that meets the needs of current and future small- and micro-satellites for NASA missions.

Principal Investigator:

Stephanie Sawhill
Sr. Chemist

Business Contact:

Tom Prenzlow
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Systima Technologies, Inc.
WA Bothell, WA 98012-6454

EIN/Tax ID: 270011081
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Washington, Dept. Aeronautics&Astronautics
Dept. of Aeronautics&Astronautics, Box 352250
Seattle, WA 98195-98195
Contact: Matthew Hawkins