Ball Aerospace to lead NASA Green Propellant Infusion Mission, demonstrate alternative fuel for space vehicles

Spacecraft

BOULDER, Colo., 24 Aug. 2012. NASA officials selected Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to lead a government-industry team intended to demonstrate an alternative fuel option for future space vehicles.

The Ball team will develop and fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) to demonstrate a high-performance, non-toxic fuel alternative to conventional hydrazine. GPIM is a Technology Demonstration Mission under the leadership of NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). The GPIM will be developed over the next three years and launched in 2015.

 “The mission will demonstrate and characterize the functionality of an integrated propulsion system to bridge the gap between technology development and actual use of green propellant in space,” says a representative.

Ball Aerospace is prime contractor for the GPIM, working with team co-investigators from the Aerojet Corp., the Glenn Research Center, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Kirkland Air Force Base and NASA's Kennedy Space Center will provide additional mission support.

"Ball is well known for innovative technology solutions and proud to be in partnership with OCT to advance space technology," says David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO. "This mission brings together a government-industry team from multiple agencies to develop a fully domestic green propellant solution for the next generation of space flight."

The goal of employing green fuel alternatives is to reduce environmental impact and operational hazards, and improve launch processing capabilities. Hydrazine, which is currently used, is highly toxic and dangerous to transport.

Follow Avionics Intelligence news updates on Twitter.

Easily post a comment below using your Linkedin, Twitter, Google or Facebook account.


Featured Slideshows

Insight into UPS Flight 1354

The aerospace community and larger public have turned their attentions once again to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the U.S., as a "go-team" of 26 investigators strives to piece together the events that lead to the crash of UPS Flight 1354 on 14 Aug. 2013.

Enabling technologies: An open-source, two-seat aircraft

MakerPlane Inc., an open-source hardware and software organization, aims to revolutionize the aviation industry by enabling the use of low-cost digital manufacturing technologies to build aircraft quickly, safely, and at low cost.

Social Activity

Wire News provided by   

Webcasts

There is no current content available.

Most Popular Articles


All Access Sponsors


Download Our Free Apps



iPhone

Android

Follow Us On...



Avionics Article Archives

Click here for past articles