Solid Hydrogen Particle Propulsion (SHPP)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS3-02012
Agency Tracking Number: 013313
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher StClair
 Aerospace Engineer
 (608) 827-5000
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Research Institution
ORBITEC proposes to develop a new class of fuels consisting of solid hydrogen particles in a liquid helium carrier fluid. These particles would be ideal carriers for various High-Energy Density Materials (HEDM?s), including high-energy metals or atomic free radicals. To demonstrate and test the new fuels, ORBITEC also proposes to develop a new bi-propellant engine. HEDM fuels using these metal and atomic hydrogen additives have theoretical specific impulse values that can significantly exceed those of conventional propellants. Development of clean burning, high Isp fuels will enable SSTO vehicles and advanced, low-cost launch vehicle systems in the 21st century. Phase I work will experimentally demonstrate the particle formation techniques, and produce LHe/H2 slurries. In addition, a preliminary design of a 20 lbf thrust bi-propellant engine for use with slurry fuels will be developed. Phase II work will continue this development, fabricating and firing a 20 lbf thrust LHe/SH2 slurry - GOX engine, as we evaluate techniques to add HEDM?s to the SH2/LHe slurry.

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