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Hybrid Propulsion Technology for Robotic Science Missions

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CM54P
Agency Tracking Number: 174835
Amount: $124,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-08
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35805-6720
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Chew
 Senior Scientist
 (256) 713-1220
Business Contact
 Aijalon Putzier
Title: Business Official
Phone: (256) 713-1220
Research Institution

C3 Propulsion's Hybrid Propulsion Technology will be applied to a NASA selected Sample Return Mission. Phase I will demonstrate Proof-of-Principle and Phase II will design, fabricate, and demonstrate a flight-like propulsion system for that application. HPT is non-toxic, safe, and has energy management (throttleable or pulse width modulated) capabilities. It is expected to be able to operate in the cold temperature of Mars and outer planet moons. Its simple design decreases risk, reduces size, and mass, and increases reliability. It has high volume and density specific impulses and is expected to increase performance and lower costs. It has been developed under MDA SBIR programs and is currently at a TRL level of 3.

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