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A 6U Hybrid Propulsion Module for CUBESATS

Show simple item record Karp, A.C. Jens, E.T. Rabinovitch, J. Nakazono, B. 2020-04-29T15:11:04Z 2020-04-29T15:11:04Z 2018-05-21
dc.identifier.citation Joint Army-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Propulsion Meeting, Long Beach, California, May 21 - 24, 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 18-1870
dc.description.abstract A 6U hybrid propulsion module is presented. It is designed to be used as a stage for a 6U CubeSat with a combined wet mass up to 25 kg. Hybrid rocket propulsion is utilized because it is responsive, high performance, capable of multiple burns and safe/non-toxic. Hybrid rockets employ a solid fuel and liquid or gaseous oxidizer. In this case, the fuel is PolyMethyl MethAcrylate and the oxidizer is gaseous oxygen. This propellant combination produces an Isp of greater than 300 seconds. The gaseous oxidizer simplifies the design and is used in dual mode with cold gas thrusters for attitude control. In general, hybrid propulsion is higher performance and higher thrust than conventional options considered for CubeSats (e.g. monopropellants), making it ideal for larger manuevers such as plane changes. The Attitude Control System has been sized to ensure that the CubeSat can be controlled under the thrust loads of the propulsion system. A hybrid rocket motor of this size is currently being tested at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Thirty-four successful tests have been completed at JPL with this propellant combination during the last 2.5 years. Current tests include long duration tests (> 95 seconds) and multiple starts (five). These tests and applicability to potential mission requirements will be discussed. Future test plans to move the motor into a vacuum facility to achieve a Technology Readiness Level of 5 by the end of September 2018 will be discussed, and an overview of the proposed TRL 5 to 6 maturity plan will also be presented. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2018 en_US
dc.title A 6U Hybrid Propulsion Module for CUBESATS en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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