Ionic Liquid, Nontoxic Monopropellants for Power-Limited Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,849.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CD84P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
115460
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way Southwest, Huntsville, AL, 35805-3637
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124289294
Principal Investigator:
RobertoDi Salvo
Principal Investigator
(256) 713-1220
roberto.disalvo@streamlineautomation.biz
Business Contact:
AijalonPutzier
Business Official
(256) 713-1220
aijalon.putzier@streamlineautomation.biz
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
A key requirement of modern chemical energetic materials include enhanced performance, reduced sensitivities, and reduced toxicity. A class of compounds that meet these requirements is Ionic Liquids (ILs). The physicochemical properties of ILs enable their use in a variety of applications and energetic ionic liquids (EILs) is an area of intense research in the last decade.C3 Propulsion proposes the study and development of advanced ionic liquid, non-toxic monopropellants featuring an innovative combination of anions and cations that will enable high duty cycle, extended operation of power-limited spacecraft.This Phase I effort will demonstrate the feasibility of non-toxic monopropellants for power-limited spacecraft. This effort will build on a successful project that built and tested an on-demand EIL gas generator. The project will extend past work on non-toxic EIL monopropellants, test different anion/cation combinations to seeks optimization of the EIL, and conduct studies of the catalyst bed to identify the optimal distribution and modality.In Phase II, the development and optimization of the EIL monopropellant system will continue. This will include targeting improvement of the flow control valves, propellant injectors, and thrust chamber catalyst bed design for use with the selected low toxicity monopropellant. Programmatically, there will be an aggressive push towards flight-like hardware to ensure rapid maturation of the technology in order to meet the NASA mission goals.

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