GPIM will demonstrate the practical capabilities of a hydroxyl ammonium nitrate based fuel/oxidizer propellant blend, known as AF-M315E, developed by the U.
There are always going to be situations in which it makes sense to use hydrazine fuel," said Chris McLean, principal investigator for GPIM and staff consultant at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.
propulsion subsystem on the satellite will be loaded with the low-toxicity AF-M315E propellant before launch.
Chris McLean, principal investigator for GPIM
at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
In addition to a simplified launch process for future spacecraft, the GPIM
technology offers increased payload space and longer mission duration.
demonstrated that the 22 Newton-class thruster running AF-M135E propellant had an enhanced operation range over traditional hydrazine used in spacecraft.
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.
is a project for NASA's Technology Mission Demonstration (TDM) program managed by NASA'sSpace Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).