Green Monopropellant Propulsion

Green Monopropellant Propulsion System

Aerojet Rocketdyne is supplying a green monopropellant propulsion system for the Ball Aerospace Green Propulsion Infusion Mission (GPIM) which is funded by NASA.

The propellant is AF-M315E and was developed by AFRL/Edwards AFB. This mission represents the first flight for this new propellant. This propellant is very safe–it has no measurable vapor pressure (no detection at 2-3 parts per billion (ppb) level with testing at NASA White Sands Facility).  This propellant offers a 50 percent increase in density-Isp compared to the current industry standard – hydrazine.  AF-M315E is applicable to a wide range of Aerojet Rocketdyne product lines: Space, Missile Defense, Strategic Systems.

Bell Aerospace BCP 100 Spacecraft

This will be the first space demonstration of AF-M315E propulsion for:  In-space ACS, In-space primary propulsion and launch vehicle RCS (ground demo).  Both 1 N (0.2 lbf) and 22N (5lbf) thrusters will be demonstrated.  Launch is scheduled for 2016.

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