Non-Toxic Ionic Liquid Fuels for Exploration Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CA72C
Agency Tracking Number: 094527
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X10.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Millicent Coil
 Principal Investigator
 (608) 229-2812
 coilm@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: CEO
Phone: (608) 608-2730
Email: knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ORBITEC proposes to develop and test new, non-toxic ionic liquid fuels for propulsion applications. Vintage propulsion systems frequently use highly toxic propellants such as MMH. The toxicity of these propellants increases not only the risk of the missions but also the expense, due to special handling required during the entire lifetime of the propellant. Replacing toxic propellants with strong-performing, non-toxic formulations will significantly reduce the cost of propulsion systems. The Phase I project demonstrated the feasibility of developing several ionic liquid formulations that essentially equaled MMH in performance while offering low volatility and low toxicity. The Phase II work will continue the synthesis strategy to refine the formulations, conduct more extensive material property testing, conduct ignition delay tests, and demonstrate the fuels in a small-scale thruster. The collective result of these tasks will be the development and demonstration of new, safer fuels for propulsion applications.

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