Session

Technical Session VIII: Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition

SSC10-VIII-6.pdf (810 kB)
Presentation Slides

Abstract

Due to the size constraints imposed on small satellites, designing a propulsion system to meet mission requirements, within budget constraints, presents a significant challenge. The Missouri University of Science and Technology is currently developing a low-cost, two-phase propulsion system using the refrigerant R-134a as a propellant that can be stored at low pressures while still providing sufficient performance to meet mission goals. In order to validate R-134a as a safe and affordable propellant for small satellites, preliminary calculations were made and confirmed through rigorous testing. These results validate R-134a as a viable propellant for small satellites.

Share

COinS
 
Aug 11th, 12:00 PM

Design, Test, and Validation of a Refrigerant-Based Cold-Gas Propulsion System for Small Satellites

Due to the size constraints imposed on small satellites, designing a propulsion system to meet mission requirements, within budget constraints, presents a significant challenge. The Missouri University of Science and Technology is currently developing a low-cost, two-phase propulsion system using the refrigerant R-134a as a propellant that can be stored at low pressures while still providing sufficient performance to meet mission goals. In order to validate R-134a as a safe and affordable propellant for small satellites, preliminary calculations were made and confirmed through rigorous testing. These results validate R-134a as a viable propellant for small satellites.