HIGH PERFORMANCE, VARIABLE POWER AMMONIA ARCJET

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14910
Amount: $398,479.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Electric Propulsion Laboratory
440 N Green Street, Tehachapi, CA, 93561
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Graeme Aston
 Principal Investigator
 (805) 822-1933
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AN AGGRESSIVE ARCJET CONFIGURATION OPTIMIZATION PROGRAM IS PROPOSED TO DESIGN A HIGH PERFORMANCE, VARIABLE POWER AMMONIA ARCJET. A NOVEL TEST BED ARCJET AND MODULAR NOZZLE DESIGN APPROACH IS PROPOSED TO ALLOW LOW COST OPERATION AND TEST EVALUATION OF EXOTIC ARCJET NOZZLE CONFIGURATIONS. SIMPLE, BUT MEANINGFUL ARCJET PLUME DIAGNOSTICS ARE PROPOSED TO UNAMBIGUOUSLY IDENTIFY KEY VARIABLE POWER ARCJET DESIGN PARAMETERS. SUCCESSFUL EARTH ORBIT SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY WILL NEED TO OFFER MORE PAYLOAD TRANSFER CAPABILITY AND SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER ORBIT TRANSFER VEHICLE COSTS. EFFICIENT, HIGH SPECIFIC IMPULSE ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEMS OFFER THE MEANS TO ACHIEVE THESE SPACE TRANSPORTATION GOALS.

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