Green Liquid Monopropellant Thruster for In-space Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,884.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CE21P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
105112
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073800062
Principal Investigator:
Prakash Joshi
Principal Investigator
(978) 689-0003
joshi@psicorp.com
Business Contact:
B. David Green
Business Official
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Physical Sciences Inc. and AMPAC In-space Propulsion propose to develop a unique chemical propulsion system for the next generation NASA science spacecraft and missions that is compact, lightweight, and can operate with high reliability over extended periods of time and under wide range of thermal environments. The system uses a storable, low toxicity, monopropellant as its working fluid. Under this SBIR program we propose to investigate applications of this monopropellant to the design of in-space propulsion systems appropriate for NASA planetary spacecraft and missions. In Phase I, we propose to experimentally characterize the propellant ignition and combustion processes in detail and use the data to develop design concepts for a liquid monopropellant thruster. In Phase II, we propose to develop and deliver a small scale proof-of-concept engineering prototype thruster. Upon successful technology development under the SBIR program, full-scale protoflight and space flight propulsion systems applicable to specific missions will be developed in Phase III NASA programs.

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