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Advanced Chemical Propulsion StudyA study was performed of advanced chemical propulsion technology application to space science (Code S) missions. The purpose was to begin the process of selecting chemical propulsion technology advancement activities that would provide greatest benefits to Code S missions. Several missions were selected from Code S planning data, and a range of advanced chemical propulsion options was analyzed to assess capabilities and benefits re these missions. Selected beneficial applications were found for higher-performing bipropellants, gelled propellants, and cryogenic propellants. Technology advancement recommendations included cryocoolers and small turbopump engines for cryogenic propellants; space storable propellants such as LOX-hydrazine; and advanced monopropellants. It was noted that fluorine-bearing oxidizers offer performance gains over more benign oxidizers. Potential benefits were observed for gelled propellants that could be allowed to freeze, then thawed for use.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Woodcock, Gordon
(Gray Research, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Byers, Dave
(Science Applications International Corp. Torrance, CA, United States)
Alexander, Leslie A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Krebsbach, Al
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
October 27, 2004
Subject Category
Propellants And Fuels
Meeting Information
Meeting: 36th Annual Division for Planetary Science
Location: Louisville, KY
Country: United States
Start Date: November 8, 2004
End Date: November 10, 2004
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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