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An Innovative Pulse Detonation Rocket Engine

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Adroit Systems, Inc.
411 108th Avenue NE Suite 1080 Bellevue, WA 98004 0555
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: An Innovative Pulse Detonation Rocket Engine
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $749,641.00


The opportunity addressed in this proposal is an innovative pulse detonation rocket engine (PDRE) which could significantly out-perform current state-of-the-art chemical rocket propulsion systems. The innovation is based in a novel combustion concept developed by Adroit Systems, Inc. (ASI) in the area of airbreathing pulse detonation propulsion. The concept relies on detonation combustion, as opposed to deflagrative combustion which is used in conventional rocket engine systems. Detonation a fuel/oxidizer mixture greatly improves the thermal efficiency of the propulsive cycle as compared to deflagrative combustion. Development of ASI's PDRE concepts would result in a unique propulsion capability that would greatly enhance the USAF Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) program. The PDRE has many highly desirable features, including very favorable performance (specific impulse, thrust/weight, thrust/area), increased payload capacity, reduced propellant pressurization requirements, and low heat transfer demands. ASI's PDRE would also have a very low unit cost, mechanical simplicity, and a compact size. The PDRE described in this proposal represents a substantial improvement in propulsion technology and efficiency.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Thomas R.a.bussing

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Adroit Systems, Inc.
209 Madison Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314

EIN/Tax ID: 541249257
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No