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GREEN ADVANCED HIGH ENERGY PROPELLANTS FOR LAUNCHERS

GREEN ADVANCED HIGH ENERGY PROPELLANTS FOR LAUNCHERS

Objective

Solid rocket motors are today the most cost effective, competitive and reliable propulsion technology for space launch systems. State of the art solid rocket propellants are based on the oxidizer ammonium perchlorate, AP, and aluminium powder, embedded in a polymer binder matrix. Unfortunately, AP has a negative impact on the environment and on personal health due to ozone depletion, thyroid gland interference and acid rain formation.

The objective of the GRAIL project is to determine if it is possible to replace AP by using a mixture of the new green high energy density oxidizer ammonium dinitramide, ADN, and the low cost oxidizer ammonium nitrate, AN. A high energy density green solid propellant will be developed and compared with state of the art solid propellants with respect to safety, performance and cost, to determine if replacing AP with ADN/AN is a feasible option.

The results will serve as important input for decision makers when considering development of future European launch systems.
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Coordinator

TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Address

Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 271 577,50

Participants (7)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 570 866

THE INNER ARCHSARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 75 221

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 385 937,50

EURENCO Bofors AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 170 368,75

AVIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 242 850

AVIO SPA

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 414 512,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 638719

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 131 333,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 131 333,25

Coordinated by:

TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden

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