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Storable Clean Ethane/ethylene Nitrous Engine (SCENE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-19-C-7069
Agency Tracking Number: B18C-005-0074
Amount: $99,652.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA18-T005
Solicitation Number: 18.C
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-25
Small Business Information
11111 W. 8th Ave., Unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215
United States
DUNS: 120561456
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Zubrin
 President
 (303) 980-0890
 zubrin@aol.com
Business Contact
 Robert Zubrin
Phone: (303) 984-9346
Email: zubrin@aol.com
Research Institution
 Colorado State University
 Bret Windom Bret Windom
 
Sponsored Programs 2002 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States

 (970) 491-7794
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

he Storable Clean Ethane-ethylene Nitrous Engine (SCENE) is a proposed technology designed to provide upper stages and spacecraft with non-toxic, liquid, non-cryogenic, high-performance propulsion with an Isp on the order of 300 seconds. The propellant components are stored as liquids under their saturated vapor pressures. With the SCENE, nitrous oxide is used as an autogenously pressurized oxidizer, and a mixture of ethane and ethylene is used in the same manner as fuel. Ethane-ethylene mixtures of about 50-50 have the same vapor pressure-temperature curve as nitrous oxide, allowing for lightweight common-bulkhead isothermal tanks. By utilizing the autogenous pressurization capabilities of these propellants instead of an additional pressurization system, greater system simplicity and reliability can be attained. The non-corrosive, stable characteristics of the proposed nitrous oxide and ethane-ethylene propellant components, along with their compatibility with military air transportation requirements, result in a high-performance, green propellant solution for air launch/air transportable liquid upper stages as well as orbit transfer vehicles. Approved for Public Release | 19-MDA-9932 (21 Feb 19)

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