Nitrous Oxide Emergency Power Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F04611-03-M-3113
Agency Tracking Number: F031-3353
Amount: $99,888.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS
11111 W. 8th Ave., Unit A, Lakewood, CO, 80215
Duns: 120561456
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Zubrin
 President
 (303) 980-0890
 zubrin@aol.com
Business Contact
 Robert Zubrin
Title: President
Phone: (303) 980-0890
Email: zubrin@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed Nitrous Oxide Emergency Power Unit (NEPU) is an environmentally friendly monopropellant technology for aircraft power systems. The high energy density and storage safety of nitrous oxide along with the low emission characteristics of nitrousoxide dissociation make the NEPU a very attractive alternative to toxic hydrazine EPU's. A nitrous oxide based emergency power unit can achieve the required power and duration in a system volume and mass similar to that of a hydrazine unit. The catalyticdecomposition characteristics of nitrous oxide are analogous in many ways to those of hydrazine. Because the feed system is pressurized, the NEPU can operate under all conditions of speed, altitude, and attitude. The vapor pressure of nitrous oxideprovides motive force for operation of a dissociation reactor and downstream systems. After startup, no power is required for operation of a basic nitrous oxide based dissociation system. The lack of moving parts required for nitrous oxide dissociationleads to a fundamentally reliable system. A nitrous oxide based emergency power unit can achieve the required power and duration in a system volume and mass similar to that of a hydrazine unit but without the concerns about toxicity, safety, handling, andenvironmental issues. With the information available now, it is clear that potential near-term commercialization centers on military applications. Following later are potential selected commercial applications.

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