Electric Pyrogens and Systems for Safer In-line Inititation of Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,996.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W9113M-09-C-0066
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-045-0498
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-045
Small Business Information
Digital Solid State Propulsion LLC
3515 Airway Drive, Suite 210, Reno, NV, 89511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
617058602
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Sawka
 President
 (775) 851-4443
 wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Business Contact
 Wayne Sawka
Title: President
Phone: (775) 851-4443
Email: wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Electrically Solid Propellants (ESP) are a new class of energetic material that can be formulated as a pyrogen having several safety advantages over BKNO3. These ESP are inherently safe from accidental ignition being controllable via electrical power input. When an ESP is fitted with electrodes and a current of the required voltage is applied, it ignites and continues to energetically burn until the electrical power is removed. Yet, these ESPs are also insensitive to ignition by spark or flame, making them well suited for use as a safer pyrogen than BKNO3. Remarkably, these safer ESP electric pyrogens candidates also burn hotter and produce more gas than current BKNO3 pyrogens. Our modification to initiator pyrogen ignition also should be fully compatible with other accident mitigation methods further down the ignition train.

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