Non-Catalytic Thruster for High Performance Advanced Monopropellant

Period of Performance: 06/10/2016 - 12/09/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Systima Technologies, Inc.
10809 120th Avenue Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98033
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Systima Technologies, Inc. has demonstrated a low power non-catalytic ignition technology for advanced green monopropellant thrusters operating with HAN-based monopropellant AF-M315E. This technology is also well suited for other HAN-based or ADN-based monopropellant formulations, such as LMP-103S, and will provide increased performance and new operating regimes for future NASA missions. The non-catalytic ignition system is a critical component for future high thrust in-space rocket engines operating with Ionic-salt based monopropellants, offering robust thruster design, higher chamber operation pressures, and cold-start capability. The proposed Phase I and Phase II programs will develop a model anchored with hot-fire test data and optimization of the ignition system and integrated thruster design to achieve performance targets for identified platforms.