Microchannel Thermo Catalytic Ignition for Advanced Mono- and Bipropellants

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10RA86P
Agency Tracking Number: 090079
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: T3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
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
 Anatoliy Shchetkovskiy
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Timothy McKechnie
Title: President
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Email: timmck@plasmapros.com
Research Institution
 University of Connecticut
 Not Available
 438 Whitney Road Ext., Unit 1133
Storrs, CT, 06269
 (860) 486-3994
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Small and micro-spacecrafts require the efficient, micro-propulsion systems. Chemical micro-propulsion is best suited for use as primary thrust, orbital insertion and attitude control because of its high energy density. When grouped into arrays for larger thrust applications, micro-propulsion devices provide high propulsive flexibility or can be used as igniters. The proposed effort will focus on thermo-catalytic ignition and combustion of advanced mono- and bi-propellants in micro-channels; and the development of a micro-propulsion device. An innovative near net shape forming technique, in combination with carbon nanotube deposition, will facilitate manufacturing of sub-millimeter diameter micro-channels and tubes with enhanced internal surfaces area for maximum catalytic reaction. The microchannels will provide thermo-catalytic ignition of bi-propellant rockets without needing high voltage igniters and can also provide stable and reliable ignition source for advanced, environmentally friendly, mono-propellants.

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