Advanced Monopropellant Microchannel DACS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-10-P-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-003-0326
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA09-003
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Plasma Processes, Inc.
4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL, 35811
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799114574
Principal Investigator:
Anatoliy Shchetkovskiy
Principal Investigator
(256) 851-7653
ashchetkovskiy@plasmapros.com
Business Contact:
Timothy McKechnie
President
(256) 851-7653
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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