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Stealth Solid Rocket Propellant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-21-C-7050
Agency Tracking Number: B20C-T001-0016
Amount: $129,945.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA20-T001
Solicitation Number: 20.C
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-04-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-29
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Colin Hessel
 (978) 738-8207
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Ryan Clayton
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
United States

 (765) 494-6204
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. and Purdue University propose to develop a high performance solid rocket propellant (SSRP) with significantly reduced infrared (IR) plume signature. The SSRP provides an increase in Specific Impulse (Isp), and equivalent Density Specific Impulse (ρIsp), relative to state-of-the-art aluminized hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) ammonium perchlorate (AP) composite propellants. The innovative chemistries, combined with specific changes in the propellant formulations, will enable ingredient compatibility and minimum temperature and shock sensitivity. Phase I will focus on the development of SSRP formulation procedures, establishing propellant burn rates, and quantifying IR combustion signature via IR absorption spectroscopy and 2D high-speed imaging. Phase II will focus on formulation scale-up, quantification of SSRP performance, validation of Insensitive Munition (IM) compliancy, and exhaust plume signature modeling. Approved for Public Release |21-MDA-10789 (21 Apr 21)

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