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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC42P
Agency Tracking Number: 074360
Amount: $96,152.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
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
DUNS: 119834419
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Fisher
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 439-2698
 david@firestar-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Greg Mungas
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 439-2698
Email: 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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