(WEST LAFAYETTE) – Adranos Inc., a Purdue University-affiliated company that has developed a high-performance solid rocket fuel called ALITEC for missile and space launch systems, has obtained more than $1.1 million in contracts collectively from the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Center and the OUSD (R&E)’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office.
One of these contracts will use Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratories’ heated air system, which is capable of simulating Mach 4 environments for hypersonic research.
“These tests will determine ALITEC’s functionality within a hypersonic propulsion system referred to as a solid-fuel ramjet,” said Chris Stoker, Adranos’ CEO. “A solid-fuel ramjet is among the simplest of air-breathing rockets that can substantially increase firing range over traditional solid rocket motors.”
These systems use an initial-stage, traditional solid rocket booster to reach necessary velocities that then enable a second-stage air-breathing system to carry payloads over long distances.
“Prior research supports that ALITEC’s performance increases can be applied to both traditional solid-rocket motors and air-breathing systems,” said Brandon Terry, Adranos’ chief technology officer. “We expect ALITEC to increase firing range for both solid-rocket boosters and solid-fuel ramjets, maximizing end-to-end system performance.”
Adranos closed out a funding round earlier this year raising $1 million. Last year, Adranos successfully tested a prototype rocket powered by its ALITEC rocket fuel and was the winner of the Army’s first-ever xTechSearch competition.
Adranos Inc. regularly performs research and development of energetic materials and is primarily focused on increasing the range in missiles and other firing systems. Adranos’ capabilities include the manufacturing and testing of rocket motors and other related activities.
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