Electric Pyrogens and Systems for Safer In-line Inititation of Rocket Motors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-10-C-0108
Agency Tracking Number: B083-045-0498
Amount: $999,718.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-045
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Digital Solid State Propulsion LLC
6150 Sunrise Meadows Loop, Reno, NV, 89519
DUNS: 617058602
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Sawka
 President
 (775) 851-4443
 wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Business Contact
 Wayne Sawka
Title: President
Phone: (775) 851-4443
Email: wsawka@dsspropulsion.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We will use our newly developed smart energetic materials to eliminate flame sensitive pyrogens and the bridge-wire connections for thermal ignition within initiators/squibs which will improve safety for Mil. Std. 1901A compliance. Unlike conventional materials, new pyrogen materials are insensitive to ignition by flame and so can not flame spread by impingement. However, new faster burning formulations and electrode materials have been developed that allow for very fast ignitions. These modifications to the way rocket motor inition is conducted using pyrogen will be fully compatible with current accident mitigation methods utilized further down the ignition train. It is our ultimate goal to simplify solid rocket motor initiation systems making them safer, smaller and less expensive new solid pyrogens as the enabling technology.

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