Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CE18P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
105818
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CO, Lakewood, CO, 80215-5516
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120561456
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin
Principal Investigator
(303) 980-0890
zubrin@aol.com
Business Contact:
Robert Zubrin
Business Official
(303) 980-0890
zubrin@aol.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines (NOME) are a new type of nitrous oxide dissociation thruster designed to generate low levels of thrust that can be used for RCS control in large satellites or as main propulsion in micro-satellites. Nitrous is the ideal propellant choice for RCS control in satellites due to the fact that it is non-toxic, non-cryogenic, easily storable, self-pressurizing, and cost effective (unlike monopropellant engines that use hydrazine or hydrogen peroxide which are toxic and/or dangerous, increasing ground costs). NOME engines will have all the desirable features of other monopropellant engines (i.e. simplicity of design, restartable/control on demand, and repeatability) NOME engines will also have a comparable ISP to current monopropellant engines (near 190s) but will be made to achieve greater simplicity and lower handling costs than current systems. NOMEs will have over double the Isp of cold gas reaction control systems.

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