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High Chamber Pressure, Light Weight Thrusters

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95580
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094826
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: High Chamber Pressure, Light Weight Thrusters
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CF23P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The performance liquid propellant engines can be significantly improved by increasing both combustion temperature and pressure and reducing engine weight. State of the art Bi-propellant engines are metallic; the highest temperature combustion chambers are made of iridium/rhenium metals. Utilizing carbon-carbon composites for thrust chamber structures can reduce component weight by as much as 90%. Unfortunately carbon composites suffer from unacceptably high oxidation rates. Lining carbon-carbon chambers with a thin layer of iridium or iridium/rhenium is an innovative way to provide the oxidation barrier necessary to enable the use of carbon-carbon composites. This proposal evaluates using metal-lined carbon-carbon to produce high pressure, light weight thrust chambers.

Principal Investigator:

Tim N. McKechnie
Principal Investigator
2568517653
timmck@plasmapros.com

Business Contact:

Timothy N. McKechnie
President
2568517653
timmck@plasmapros.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 273812665
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No