Advanced Oxidizers for Hybrid Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-08-M-3107
Agency Tracking Number: O081-PR3-1002
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-PR3
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Martin Chiaverini
 Principal Propulsion Engineer
 (608) 229-2732
 chiaverinim@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (608) 229-2730
Email: knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ORBITEC proposes to develop a high-performance, non-toxic, storable oxidizer to replace current storable oxidizers for hybrid rocket motor propulsion systems. The proposed candidate oxidizers have higher energy and oxygen content, greater density, lower volatility, and less corrosivity than the nitrogen oxides and nitric acid. In Phase I, physical properties and performance of the specific identified compounds will be determined to provide data for ranking the candidate fuels. Theoretical performance with selected fuels will be calculated and compared to baseline performance using SOTA oxidizers. The system-level benefits of propulsion systems using the new oxidizers will be quantified by comparison to existing systems. Hot-fire test plans for Phase II will be developed and initial synthesis of several candidate compounds will begin toward the end of the Phase I period.

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