Interagency Propulsion Committee
The charter of the Liquid Propulsion Subcommittee addresses technical problems and issues of greatest national needs associated with liquid engine systems. Topics include technology, components and engines of main propulsion, divert and attitude control, reaction control and post boost systems applied to tactical, ballistic missile defense and strategic, engines for, small launch vehicles, hybrid engines, and access to space propulsion.
Liquid propulsion technology issues examined include overall engine system, thrust chamber assembly components, and propellant feed systems. Component issues that may be examined include liquid engine systems such as thruster assembly and thrust vector control; liquid combustion elements such as the thrust chamber and gas generator/preburner; and liquid propellant feed systems such as turbomachinery, lines, ducts, valves, tanks, and pressurization systems. Fuel types include liquids, slurries, gels, endothermics, and cryogenics. Characterization of system and component performance is done through analysis, modeling and simulation, and engine testing validation.
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Mr. Benjamin Hill-Lam, JHU/WSE ERG, Columbia, MD