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Mars in situ propellants: Carbon monoxide and oxygen ignition experimentsCarbon monoxide and oxygen were tested in a standard spark-torch igniter to identify the ignition characteristics of this potential Mars in situ propellant combination. The ignition profiles were determined as functions of mixture ratio, amount of hydrogen added to the carbon monoxide, and oxygen inlet temperature. The experiments indicated that the carbon monoxide and oxygen combination must have small amounts of hydrogen present to initiate reaction. Once the reaction was started, the combustion continued without the presence of hydrogen. A mixture ratio range was identified where ignition occurred, and this range varied with the oxygen inlet temperature.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Linne, Diane L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Roncace, James
(Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Brook Park OH., United States)
Groth, Mary F.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1990
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:103202
AIAA PAPER 90-1894
Meeting Information
Joint Propulsion Conference(Orlando, FL)
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 506-42-61
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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