The objective is to develop a high-efficiency micro-thruster using green propellant with electrospray injector that will ultimately provide micro-satellites with the performance required to enable the replacement of large, expensive, multi-role satellites with inexpensive, short-lead time, distributed systems of micro-satellites.
The objectives of the project is the development of single emitter and multiple emitter injectors for doped kerosene; to develop a fundamental understanding of droplet transport, evaporation, and mixing in the complex swirling flow fields required for meso-scale flame stabilization; and the system integration of meso-scale thrust chamber with electrospray fuel injection system. A single emitter electrospray configuration will be developed and the performance benchmarked using Phase Doppler Particle Analysis to determine the droplet size distribution as a function of flow rate. The nature of droplet transport and evaporation at the meso-scale will be studied using non-intrusive laser based techniques. The electrospray injector will be integrated into the existing heat regenerating thrust chamber and fired with kerosene/H2O2.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, Maryland|
|University of Maryland-College Park (UMCP)||Academia||College Park, Maryland|
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