Robust, Highly Producible Gel Propellants Formulated for Improved Performance, Reduced Toxicity, and Extended Storability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-02-P-0077
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0703
Amount: $69,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
340 East Church Road, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
DUNS: 153985650
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Albert Condo
 Principal Investigator
 (610) 279-2340
 machi@machichemcials.com
Business Contact
 Bernard Kosowski
Title: President
Phone: (610) 279-2340
Email: bernie@machichemicals.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Gel bi-propulsion systems can be used as simple boosters and variable thrusters forNASA launch vehicles, spacecraft and satellites as well as bi-propellant systemsutilizing advanced energy management for increased performance tactical missiles, ascompared to currently deployed solid propellant systems. The increased safety of gelsover current hypergolic liquids and high energy-density solid propellants decreaseshazards of manned space flights and reduces handling & transportation risks in groundoperations. The intent of this research is to demonstrate feasibility of formulatinghigh performance particulate fuel gels for bi-propulsion systems wherein the gellantsare formulated with monomethylhydrazine (MMH) and dimethylaminoethylazide (DMAZ)fuelsthat are hypergolic with gelled inhibited red fuming nitric acid (gIFRNA). The object-ive is to develop two families of bi-propulsion gel fuels that combust easily withIRFNA such that neither the L* of the engine must be increased nor the nozzle exhaustplume have a smoky signature. In Phase I, MACH I, Inc. plans to synthesize particu-lates in the form of various nitramine encapsulated cyclodextrin and cyclodextrin ni-trate polymers, nanocarbon fibers and platelets, GAP & GAP ETPE prepolymers and nano-meter particles of alumina and silica. These energetic and nano-particulates will beformulated with MMH (storable gel propellant baseline for high performance) and DMAZ(reduced toxicity high

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