Advanced Gel Propellants for Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle for Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0037
Agency Tracking Number: 044-1542
Amount: $99,867.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-099
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
7057 Old Madison Pike, Suite 200, P.O. Box 11723, Huntsville, AL, 35806
DUNS: 019922855
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jim Woosley
 Chief Scientist
 (256) 705-5410
Business Contact
 Kathryn Powers
Title: Manager, Contracts
Phone: (256) 705-5410
Research Institution
3D Research Corporation and the University of Alabama in Huntsville have teamed to offer advanced high-energy gel propellants for exoatmospheric interceptors. High energy gelled propellants are required to improve the performance envelopes of future MDA missile interceptors. We will theoretically investigate a number of gelled fuel-additive combinations to determine the best potential performers, and select the most promising combinations for experimental investigation. This approach utilizes the best combination of available data through experimental analysis with the advantages of a strong experimental program. We will report the results of theoretical analysis of numerous gel-additive combinations, and specific data obtained from kinetics studies of the most promising combinations. Those gel-additive and oxidizer combinations which show the most promise for performance and systemization will be selected for detailed testing small-scale motors in Phase II. Future interceptor systems currently on the drawing board, such as the Kinetic Energy Interceptor, are posed to accept best in class propellants for current and future upgrades. Our team has a history of high-energy propellant development and the proper analytical and experimental tools to efficiently meet the needs of the government.

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