100-lbf Non-Toxic Storable Liquid Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CC18C
Agency Tracking Number: 144654
Amount: $749,902.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-18
Small Business Information
4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL, 35811-1558
DUNS: 799114574
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy McKechnie
 Snr. Materials Engr/President
 (256) 851-7653
 timmck@plasmapros.com
Business Contact
 Angela Hattaway
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Email: ahattaway@plasmapros.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NASA's Road Maps for both Launch and In Space Propulsion call for the development of non-toxic, monopropellant reaction control systems to replace the current toxic hydrazine based systems. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle capsule with twelve 160 pound force (lbf) hydrazine monopropellant thrusters and the Orion Service Module with eight 100lbf NTO/MMH auxiliary propulsion thrusters are obvious insertion candidates. Additionally, the Commercial Crew and Cargo spacecraft have also demonstrated the need for 100lbf class attitude control thrusters with quantities comparable to Orion. Hydrazine replacements, including non-toxic HAN- and ADN-monopropellants, combust at higher temperatures making them incompatible with current Inconel 625 thrusters used in 100lbf engines. With an emphasis on hydrazine replacement increased performance, ease of manufacturing and cost reduction, a "green" 100lbf flight-weight thruster is being developed.

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