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Green Monopropellant Thruster Technology Maturation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-17-C-7103
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2366
Amount: $996,380.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF151-066
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-03-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-12
Small Business Information
11 Tech Circle, Natick, MA, 01760
DUNS: 184629491
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Michael Tsay
 Chief Scientist, Electrothermal Group
 (508) 655-5565
 mtsay@busek.com
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Email: judy@busek.com
Research Institution
 Sandia National Laboratories
 Terry Hendricks
 (505) 284-5092
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Busek, with its Small Business Technology Transfer partner Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), proposes to undertake the development of a AF-M315E green monopropellant thruster for a potential flight application. Busek will be designing, fabricating, and qualifying the thruster to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 status. SNL will be performing additional qualification tests for Busek and performing some science investigations to determine scaling effects and to generate a global model for AF-M315E reactions inside Buseks catalyst. The innovative catalyst technology employed by Busek for its 0.1N, 0.5N, 5N, and 22N AF-M315E thrusters significantly decrease green propellant technology risk by nature of the innovative catalyst design. The patented monolithic configuration provides a superior alternative to traditional metal-on-alumina packed bed technologies that have repeatedly demonstrated high temperature sintering failures that drastically limit their lifespan. This design of the catalyst is also easier to characterize and model owing to its monolithic construction which lacks a ceramic catalyst support and a bed plate further decreasing thermal catalyst failure risk. Approved for Public Release | 16-MDA-8863 (22 September 16)

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