Environmentally-Benign Oxidizers for Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: F064-007-0314
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T007
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP.(ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brant White
 Chemical Engineer
 (608) 827-5000
 whiteb@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: ricee@orbitec.com
Research Institution
 STANFORD RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SRI)
 Paul Penwell
 333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
 (650) 859-2000
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC), with the assistance of SRI International under subcontract, propose to develop new and innovative environmentally-benign oxidizers to replace ammonium perchlorate (AP) in solid propellant formulations. These innovative oxidizers will not contain halogens and shall have equivalent or improved performance, reduced water solubility/mobility, and reduced toxicity relative to AP. In Phase I, physical properties, sensitivity, toxicity, combustion products and performance of the candidate materials shall be predicted using molecular modeling and other theoretical and computational techniques to provide a basis for ranking candidate oxidizing materials for use as propellants. ORBITEC shall evaluate each candidate material for use as a propellant in solid fuel formulations. This evaluation shall be based on performance, synthesis methodology, safety and environmental and toxicological properties. Each material shall also be assessed for collateral impacts on sites used for production, testing, firing and disposal. Test plans for propellants and initial synthesis methods of several possible propellant replacements shall be developed for Phase II. Performance, water solubility, sensitivity, and toxicological properties shall be fully determined in Phase II in addition to the development of large-scale production methods.

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