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High Density Hybrid Motors

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0007
Agency Tracking Number: 170111
Amount: $747,824.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T1
Solicitation Number: STTR_17_P2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-15
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell Drive, Suite C
Euclid, OH 44117-1252
United States
DUNS: 079112219
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Sherman
 (216) 404-0053
Business Contact
 Brian Doud
Phone: (216) 870-0990
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
112 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802-1400
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

This STTR program will mature high density, high regression rate hybrid rocket motor technology through TRL6 through the design, fabrication, and testing of third and fourth stage nanosatellite motors, while preparing designs and sizing for booster stages.nbsp; Hybrid Rockets offer substantially lower cost compared to storable and cryogenic bipropellant systems, but currently suffer from poor packaging efficiency. nbsp; During proof of concept work, the use of a high density, HAN based oxidizer system combined with a high density and high regression rate solid fuel were demonstrated as solutions to packaging efficiency, O/F ratio sensitivity, and regression rate limitations of hybrid motors.nbsp; The HAN based oxidizer has low freezing temperature and no appreciable vapor pressure, being safe, storable, and eliminating the need for special handling and shipping precautions. nbsp; The high density oxidizer combined with the high density, high performance fuel, creates a hybrid engine system with the density impulse performance of a solid rocket motor, but the throttleability of a bipropellant system, with the safety approaching an inert system.nbsp; An electrically enhanced ignition system was demonstrated which improved C*, and enables higher performance to be met with shorter motor grains, with the potential for multiple start capabilities. nbsp;nbsp; This Phase II program will continue the development of high density, safe, storable, non-toxic hybrid motors to optimize ISP and motor design, improve injector and igniter performance, and mature third and fourth stage motor maturity through full scale motor burns.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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