Aluminum Nanopowder Production for Nano-Satellite Propulsion

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Air Force
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Phase I
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Microcoating Technologies, Inc.
5315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA, 30341
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
Jud Ready
Research Scientist
(678) 287-3969
Business Contact:
David Motley
Executive VP, Sales & Marketing
(678) 287-2445
Research Institution:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Naresh Thadhani
School of Mat. Sci & Eng
Atlanta, GA, 30332
(404) 894-2651
Nonprofit college or university
"MicroCoating Technologies, Inc. (MCT), proposes the novel approach of using the Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) process to create aluminum-based nanopowders for use as a solid fuel for nano-satellite propulsion. The aluminum-based nanopowderswill be created through a combination of the CCVD process with an incorporation of a fluidized bed to enable the creation of nano-composite powders with specific functional layers. Through the use of multiple layers, MCT will be able to combine fuel,oxidizer and anti-agglomeration agents within a single multi-layered structure to improve the solid fuel performance.An additional aspect of this research will involve modeling and measurement of the combustion flame used during the CCVD process. This modeling will enable MCT to better design micronozzles based on the NanomiserT device (described in greater detaillater). Furthermore, the models will allow MCT to more fully understand the complex micro-combustion dynamics, heat-addition, and sublimation characteristics inherent within the NanomiserT device. This research will identify any scaling issues with thenanopowder production or use and will verify this propellants compatibility with silicon oxides. During Phase II of this research, MCT will develop and test prototype nano-thrusters based on the solid-fuels developed during Phase I. The feasibility ofthe proposed nano-thrusters will be compared with the micro-combustion models developed during Phase I. MCT will work with Prof. Naresh Thadhani of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the development, testing and characterization of the aluminum-basednanopowders developed under this research program. Maintaining possession of the "high ground" has always been a primary military doctrine over the millennia. Since the onset of the space-race, the quintessential high ground has now become outer space. By placing surveillance or other military assets inorbit around the earth, the United States and it's allies can maintain battlefield superiority against adversaries. Due to high den

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