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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,996.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-09-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-045-0498
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-045
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Digital Solid State Propulsion LLC
3515 Airway Drive, Suite 210, Reno, NV, 89511
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
617058602
Principal Investigator:
Wayne Sawka
President
(775) 851-4443
wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Business Contact:
Wayne Sawka
President
(775) 851-4443
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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