With the strong recent increase in commercial space products and services, the demand for catalyst technologies that are used in the propulsion systems of rockets and satellites is rising. In so called thrusters, the exothermic decomposition and expansion of decomposed products provides the required thrust for orbit control and other high precision maneuvers.
Space Propulsion Systems
High-performance catalysts for challenging conditions
Over the years, Heraeus has established itself as the independent market leader for iridium-based (Ir) catalyst systems that are utilized in the decomposition of hydrazine. We have long-term experience in the development of iridium-based, ruthenium-based or bi-metallic systems for monopropellant thrusters since the beginning of the 1990’s. Over the past 40 years, our ‘work horse’ the industry leading H-KC12GA catalyst has established itself as the proven industry standard in hydrazine thrusters. The catalyst is economically produced and are therefore readily available, subject to customer specific requirements.