Development of Nanothermite-Based Microthrusters

Period of Performance: 09/24/2009 - 09/24/2011

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Laserlith Corporation
4200 James Ray Drive, Suite 501
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Low Cost Course Correction Technology (LCCCT) can improve the accuracy and dispersion of gun launched projectiles, mortars and rockets. Based on microthrusters that provide altitude control and pointing, LCCCT can compensate for system errors, changing the trajectory in-flight. Laserlith Corporation, in collaboration with Dr. Jan Puszynski and his research group, will develop a microthruster based on metastable intermolecular composites(MIC). MIC materials will improve performance in terms of energy release and ignition. This work will also be accompanied by more fundamental research of burning characteristics of nanopowders and nanostructures made from fuel and oxidizer materials in various environments.