Integrated Thruster Technology for Lightweight, High Performance, Compact LDACS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7621
Agency Tracking Number: B103-013-0322
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA10-013
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331-2210
DUNS: 052405867
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Wright
 Research Scientist
 (818) 899-0236
Business Contact
 Craig Ward
Title: Engineering Administrative Manager
Phone: (818) 899-0236
Research Institution
Ultramet recently demonstrated rapid, reliable, and repeated ignition of hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN)-hydroxyethylhydrazinium nitrate (HEHN) monopropellant mixtures. HAN-HEHN green monopropellants offer many improvements over monopropellant hydrazine and NTO/MMH bipropellant, including increased specific impulse and density specific impulse, as well as greater safety in terms of toxicity and insensitivity, which will significantly decrease overall propulsion volume, mass, and cost. Before this milestone was achieved, the feasibility of using advanced ionic liquid monopropellants was distant. The goal of the proposed project is to integrate the ignition system and thruster into a single component that will eliminate the need for an injector, thereby reducing the system part count, cost, mass, and length vs. L*. Based on existing technologies, in Phase I Ultramet will design and build an engine appropriate for a kinetic kill vehicle divert and attitude control system. In Phase II, this engine would undergo hot-fire testing using AF-315e monopropellant at Aerojet or AMPAC-ISP, both of which have expressed interest in the technology. Because the thermal bed is non-discriminate to the propellant, a different formulation or propellant type may be substituted. For example, the technology could be used with hydrazine or another monopropellant to increase performance and minimize thruster length.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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