Propulsion

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on propulsion, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Aerospace
This fuel cell could power a variety of transportation modes such as unmanned underwater vehicles, drones, and eventually electric aircraft.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Propulsion
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Propulsion
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Propulsion
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: Propulsion
Using microwaves reduces the cost of launching rockets.
Briefs: Aerospace
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Aerospace
These engines will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Energy
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Briefs: Aerospace
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Briefs: Transportation
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Briefs: Aerospace
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
Briefs: Propulsion
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
Briefs: Energy
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
Briefs: Propulsion
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Made with “Jenga chemistry,” the material could help in understanding how high-temperature superconductors work.
Briefs: Aerospace
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.
Briefs: Aerospace

A numerical modeling tool allows for a better understanding of rotating detonation engines (RDEs).

Briefs: Materials

Microrobots that can deliver drugs to specific spots inside the body while being monitored and controlled from outside the body have been developed that also can treat tumors in the...

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