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Advanced Monopropellant Microchannel DACS

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-003
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Plasma Processes, LLC
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811-1558
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Monopropellant Microchannel DACS
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-10-P-0038
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Future high maneuverability Divert Altitude and Control Systems (DACS) require improved performance and reduced environmental impacts, while maximizing kill vehicle divert capabilities and reducing weight within restricted geometries. Advanced "green" monopropellants promise significant improvements over current hydrazine propellants, because of lower toxicity, higher chemical stability, and increased performance. HAN based monopropellants promise increased interceptor performance and mission capabilities (greater acceleration, increased delta-V, reduced system mass). These characteristics make HAN based monopropellants ideal for: roll control modules, spacecrafts and interceptors. The proposed effort will focus on higher efficiency DACS development by improved catalytic combustion of high energy density monopropellants using microchannel based catalysts. An innovative electroforming technique in combination with carbon nanotube deposition will facilitate manufacturing of microcombustion devices with increased surface area to enable faster ignition.

Principal Investigator:

Anatoliy Shchetkovskiy
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Timothy N. McKechnie
Small Business Information at Submission:

Plasma Processes, Inc.
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811

EIN/Tax ID: 631100320
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No