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Hybrid Propulsion Technology for Robotic Science Missions, Phase I

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Project Introduction

C3 Propulsion's Hybrid Propulsion Technology will be applied to a NASA selected Sample Return Mission. Phase I will demonstrate Proof-of-Principle and Phase II will design, fabricate, and demonstrate a flight-like propulsion system for that application. HPT is non-toxic, safe, and has energy management (throttleable or pulse width modulated) capabilities. It is expected to be able to operate in the cold temperature of Mars and outer planet moons. Its simple design decreases risk, reduces size, and mass, and increases reliability. It has high volume and density specific impulses and is expected to increase performance and lower costs. It has been developed under MDA SBIR programs and is currently at a TRL level of 3. More »

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