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Development of hydrogen peroxide monopropellant rockets

Development of hydrogen peroxide monopropellant rockets
Development of hydrogen peroxide monopropellant rockets
Alta S.p.A. (Italy) and DELTACAT Ltd. (United Kingdom) are conducting a study, funded by the European Space Agency, into the development of hydrogen peroxide monopropellant thrusters using advanced catalytic beds. The present paper focuses on the design of two different demonstration thrusters with nominal ratings of 5 N and 25 N. Design requirements and specifications are presented, followed by the main results of a concept study, which was conducted to define the approximate dimensions needed. Some details about the specific design of the two prototypes and the choice of the main components are provided, with particular regard to the sensors and transducers to be used during the experimentation. Different catalytic bed configurations, including pure silver gauzes and pellets coated with manganese oxide or platinum, are going to be tested in the prototype thrusters, in order to find the optimum one for further industrial development. A dedicated test bench, designed and realized by Alta S.p.A. for tests on the thruster prototypes, is also illustrated.
hydrogen peroxide, rocket
Cervone, A.
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Torre, L.
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d'Agostino, L.
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Musker, A.J.
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Roberts, G.T.
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Bramanti, C.
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Saccoccia, G.
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Musker, A.J.
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Roberts, G.T.
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Bramanti, C.
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Cervone, A., Torre, L., d'Agostino, L., Musker, A.J., Roberts, G.T., Bramanti, C. and Saccoccia, G. (2006) Development of hydrogen peroxide monopropellant rockets. 42nd American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Joint Propulsion Conference. 09 - 12 Jul 2006. 12 pp .

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Abstract

Alta S.p.A. (Italy) and DELTACAT Ltd. (United Kingdom) are conducting a study, funded by the European Space Agency, into the development of hydrogen peroxide monopropellant thrusters using advanced catalytic beds. The present paper focuses on the design of two different demonstration thrusters with nominal ratings of 5 N and 25 N. Design requirements and specifications are presented, followed by the main results of a concept study, which was conducted to define the approximate dimensions needed. Some details about the specific design of the two prototypes and the choice of the main components are provided, with particular regard to the sensors and transducers to be used during the experimentation. Different catalytic bed configurations, including pure silver gauzes and pellets coated with manganese oxide or platinum, are going to be tested in the prototype thrusters, in order to find the optimum one for further industrial development. A dedicated test bench, designed and realized by Alta S.p.A. for tests on the thruster prototypes, is also illustrated.

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Published date: July 2006
Additional Information: AIAA paper 2006-5239
Venue - Dates: 42nd American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Joint Propulsion Conference, 2006-07-09 - 2006-07-12
Keywords: hydrogen peroxide, rocket
Organisations: Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics

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Local EPrints ID: 49003
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/49003
PURE UUID: 8fd90452-45ef-4acf-b847-185519ef7a71

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2007
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:55

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Author: A. Cervone
Author: L. Torre
Author: L. d'Agostino
Author: A.J. Musker
Author: G.T. Roberts
Author: C. Bramanti
Author: G. Saccoccia

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