A vehicle includes at least one polyoxymethylene structural support member. The polyoxymethylene structural support member includes a polyoxymethylene component that is a propellant that provides thrust to the vehicle upon pyrolysis or combustion of the polyoxymethylene component of the product of pyrolysis of the polyoxymethylene component. The vehicle can be a satellite or other type of spacecraft.

Title
Polyoxymethylene as structural support member and propellant
Application Number
11/086789
Publication Number
20090313967
Application Date
March 22, 2005
Publication Date
December 24, 2009
Inventor
Ingvar A Wallace
Brigham City
UT, US
W David Starrett
Roy
UT, US
Dean M Lester
Brigham
UT, US
B David Green
Methuen
MA, US
Alan H Gelb
Boston
MA, US
Bernard L Upschulte
Nashua
NH, US
Prakash B Joshi
Andover
MA, US
Agent
Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
MA, US
Assignee
Physical Sciences
MA, US
IPC
B21D 53/88
F02K 09/32
B64G 01/40
F02K 09/10
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