Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend-Continuous Operation Lunar Thruster (NOFB-COLT)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$96,152.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC42P
Agency Tracking Number:
074360
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
X9.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
557 Burbank Street, Unit J, Broomfield, CO, 80020-7160
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119834419
Principal Investigator:
David Fisher
Principal Investigator
(303) 439-2698
david@firestar-engineering.com
Business Contact:
Greg Mungas
Business Official
(303) 439-2698
greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose conducting further development for a Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend (NOFB) propulsion system. Phase I activities will concentrate on a revising a previous 5 lbf thruster to facilitate continuous operation with repeated restart. The thruster will utilize a novel new NOFB monopropellant. NOFB series monopropellant formulations have the following characteristics: 1) Non-toxic and readily manufacturable; 2) Vacuum specific impulse of 310+s (compared to monopropellant hydrazine's 235s); 3) Space-storable with wide temperature storage limits from <-77 C to >100 C; 4) High storage density at equivalent to twice as dense as monopropellant hydrazine depending on temperature; 5) Potentially highly throttleable due to very fast reaction kinetics; and 6) Self-pressurizing thereby simplifying the overall feed system architecture and reliability. Due to these desirable characteristics of NOFB monopropellants, Phase I funding is requested from the NASA SBIR program.

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