Green Liquid Monopropellant Thruster for In-space Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CE21P
Agency Tracking Number: 105112
Amount: $99,884.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences, Inc.
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Prakash Joshi
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 689-0003
 joshi@psicorp.com
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
 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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