Fast-Impulse Solid Fuel Miniature Thruster

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$729,655.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-11-C-0122
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4493
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-137
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
2306 Longview Drive, Columbia, MO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
148835619
Principal Investigator:
Steven Apperson
Vice President
(573) 808-0235
stevenapperson@nemsmems.org
Business Contact:
Keshab Gangopadhyay
President
(573) 356-9459
gangopadhyayk@missouri.edu
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
A Fast Impulse Solid Fuel Miniature Thruster system will be developed for a specific application beneficial to the US Army. The selection of right nanoenergetic material will be done from various fuel-oxidizer systems to obtain thrust and specific impulse as required by the application. Fine-tuning the selected material will be done to match the established scaling law. A suitable design and manufacturing method for thruster motors will be developed. The on-chip ignition system and different loading methods of nanoenergetics in the motor chamber will be studied. The thrust performance and sensitivity requirements for the nanothermites will be defined based on the results of simulation and testing. A suitable business plan has been developed to make the project commercially viable.

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