Ball Aerospace Team Tests ‘Green’ Propellant Thruster; Jim Oschmann Comments

ball areospaceA team comprised of Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested a thruster with “green” fuel technology in a space lab environment as part of NASA‘s Green Propellant Infusion Mission program.

The project’s goal is to demonstrate the AF-M315E eco-friendly propulsion system as an alternative for the toxic hydrazine fuel used on space vehicles, Ball Aerospace said Monday.

According to Ball Aerospace, the thruster achieved the lab test’s technical range objective.

“The new propellant technology, once demonstrated on GPIM, will raise both the 22 Newton and 1 Newton class AF-M315E thruster readiness for flight, enabling safer and less costly space missions with significant enhanced in-space propulsion performance,” said Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager for Ball Aerospace’s civil space and technologies business.

AF-M315E uses a blend of hydroxyl ammonium nitrate fuel and oxidizer made by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

NASA’s space technology mission directorate manages the GPIM project.

email
Filed in: Industry News, News Tags: , , , , , , ,

You might like:

Ball Aerospace Installs 2 Environmental Instruments on NOAA Spacecraft; Cary Ludtke Comments Ball Aerospace Installs 2 Environmental Instruments on NOAA Spacecraft; Cary Ludtke Comments
Boeing’s CST-100 to Ferry NASA Astronaut for 2017 Manned Capsule Test Flight Boeing’s CST-100 to Ferry NASA Astronaut for 2017 Manned Capsule Test Flight
ATK Installs NASA’s Space Launch System Booster for Testing; Charlie Precourt Comments ATK Installs NASA’s Space Launch System Booster for Testing; Charlie Precourt Comments
Microsoft to Help NASA Scientists Work on Mars with Virtual Tech; Dave Lavery Comments Microsoft to Help NASA Scientists Work on Mars with Virtual Tech; Dave Lavery Comments
© 2015 ExecutiveBiz. All rights reserved.