Advanced Monopropellant Microchannel DACS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-10-P-0038
Agency Tracking Number: B093-003-0326
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA09-003
Solitcitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Plasma Processes, Inc.
4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL, 35811
Duns: 799114574
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anatoliy Shchetkovskiy
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 851-7653
 ashchetkovskiy@plasmapros.com
Business Contact
 Timothy McKechnie
Title: President
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Email: timmck@plasmapros.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Future high maneuverability Divert Altitude and Control Systems (DACS) require improved performance and reduced environmental impacts, while maximizing kill vehicle divert capabilities and reducing weight within restricted geometries. Advanced “green” monopropellants promise significant improvements over current hydrazine propellants, because of lower toxicity, higher chemical stability, and increased performance. HAN based monopropellants promise increased interceptor performance and mission capabilities (greater acceleration, increased delta-V, reduced system mass). These characteristics make HAN based monopropellants ideal for: roll control modules, spacecrafts and interceptors. The proposed effort will focus on higher efficiency DACS development by improved catalytic combustion of high energy density monopropellants using microchannel based catalysts. An innovative electroforming technique in combination with carbon nanotube deposition will facilitate manufacturing of microcombustion devices with increased surface area to enable faster ignition.

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