A report proposes an assembly of gimbaled valve/nozzle subassemblies for use in injecting either a propellant fluid (e.g., monomethyl hydrazine) or a propellant-simulating fluid (e.g., water) into the combustion chamber of a spacecraft thruster during hot-fire or cold testing, respectively. The proposal is a response to the problem of how to find the angle of impingement of injected fluid that results in the best thruster performance.
This work was done by Marlin Klatte of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This invention is owned by NASA, and a patent application has been filed. Inquiries concerning nonexclusive or exclusive license for its commercial development should be addressed to
the Patent Counsel
NASA Resident Office - JPL; (818) 354-5179
Refer to NPO-20520